Leonora Carrington: the Wise, the Mad, the Contrary
Little is known about Leonora Carrington, one of the most prominent Surrealist painters of the 20th century. Leonora’s paintings showcase a world she created and witnessed around her; her extraordinary imagination is representative of her extraordinary life. I chose to divide this book into three parts to represent three major stages of her life. Her stifled childhood, objectified young adulthood, and the freedom of her later years. As one moves through the book, the grid system loosens and typographic styles become more experimental. For content, I choose to one of her lengthiest interviews to serve as a timeline for her work.
“In the Case of Leonora Carrington, Let All Those Who Make Assumptions Beware…”
Inspired by her themes of magic, I designed and built a “pop-up” box to give the illusion that the book is levitating out of its case. When lying flat, the box resembles a normal book, but will not open this way. The box requires the user to experiment with different ways to open it until it will yield. The case is intentionally misleading, challenging our perceived realities as Leonora’s work does.
✹ Indigo Design Award 2019 “Book Design”, Bronze