There are things that are not sayable. That’s why we have art.”

I first came across Leonora Carrington whilst reading Jennifer Higgie’s new book on female self-portraiture, The Mirror and the Palette. I became fascinated at the Anglo-Mexican painter’s page-turner of a tale, and how her devil-may-care personality meant she was able to break free from the shackles of her privileged upbringing in Lancashire to become an artistic expatriate in Mexico City. Her life story of resistance and rebellion seemed just as engrossing as her art.