Although collages, montages and constructions formed a large part of Colquhoun’s output during the 1960’s, today surprisingly few can be traced.
Her immediate inspiration for these works was Kurt Schwitters. In an article she wrote for The Times Educational Supplement, Rubbish Into Art, (1971), she explained ‘In surrealism an alienation of sensation enables you to look at things simply as form and colour; ignoring their utilitarian aspect; then to see in them images apart from their first uses; and from this to find in many objects usually thrown away the raw material for new creations’.
Highland Landscape was exhibited in 1969 in Hamburg at the Gallerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Ithell Colquhoun: Constructions and Collages (No 21) and in 1970 at the Bristol Arts Centre, Ithell Colquhoun: Paintings, Constructions, Collages, (No 44)The Composition was possibly inpsired by Emeric Pressburger’s iconic 1945 film, I know where I’m going, best-remembered for the sequence in which the landscape, traversed by a train travelling from London to Glasgow, transforms into a tartan Scottish dreamscape.
We are grateful to Richard Shillitoe for assistance