We speak of women artists, we find we share a love for Frida Kahlo, Tamara de Lempicka, Remedios Varo.
An image of the moon entrapped is seen in Varo’s Star Catcher, in which a fantastic huntress has captured the moon and carries it in a cage. Dressed in an exquisite costume with delicately marked butterfly-wing sleeves, she holds the butterfly net with which she caught the glowing crescent. Related to Diana the huntress—goddess of the moon and protectress of women—she has snared an archetypal symbol of feminine consciousness, but her purpose remains unclear. This painting, among Varo’s most beautiful, is iconographically ambiguous. The image of an imprisoned moon is disturbing; it reinforces the feelings of constraint and enclosure that fill so many of Varo’s works. The tension between the strength of the butterfly huntress and the weakness of the caged moon exemplifies the subtle interplay between powerlessness and power that was a recurring theme for Varo.