Fritsch, Elizabeth (11 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Fritsch, Elizabeth, 1940 (speaker, female)

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    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

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    Part 11: The social problems of living in a commune. EF’s fellow artists at and Digswell, mentions jazz musicians Trevor Watts, Steve Lacey and Peter Tippet. EF’s attitude to their music. Remarks on no longer playing the harp and her inability to overcome her classical training to improvise. Description of EF’s watercolour paintings and her collaborations with BF, description of their short-listed designs for Birmingham Hippodrome’s fire curtain. EF’s desire to combine her ceramics with her two dimensional work. Remarks on wanting to be involved in the curation of her shows and Gallerie Besson’s unwillingness to involve her. EF’s curation of a mixed show in Boca Raton, Florida, mentions Richard Warholic. Description of the development of EF’s ziggurat pieces, her grouping of the pieces and her reluctance to split the groups up. Description of EF’s sea groups. Mentions visits to BF’s home in Scotland and to the mountains in Norway, her hunger for the mountains. Remarks on never learning to drive. EF’s regular visits to the cinema and theatre. Mentions reading Luis Borges, Marcuse, Walter Benjamin, magic realism, poetry and her collection of children’s picture books. Mentions Morris Sendak and Helen Oxenbury. EF’s dislike of Alice in Wonderland as a child. Comments on the influence of Surrealism, cabinets of curiosities and Italian frescoes on EF’s work.

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