British surrealist artist Eileen Agar was known for her paintings, sculptures and collages featuring underwater sea creatures. Works such as The Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse and Marine Object are both examples of the way in which Agar (and Surrealists in general) engaged with the marine. The aim of this talk is to explore the way in which these marine animals were used as a way to display Surrealism’s engagement with material science. It is also a chance to discuss the ways in which these representations were used to question western subjectivity as well as the primacy of the human.
Christy Heflin is a Paris-based PhD researcher working on Surrealism and marine life at Royal Holloway University of London. She completed her master’s degree in conservation research at Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University where she researched the early twentieth-century art residence, La Ruche.