FORMIDABLE WOMEN/FRIDA KAHLO
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist in the early part 20th century. She has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. She may be best known for her autobiographical self portraits, although she painted nature and animals as well.
Kahlo cultivated a strong political and social artistic visual identity in the clothing, jewelry and hair styles she chose.
Similar to many other Mexican women artists and intellectuals at the time, Kahlo began wearing traditional indigenous Mexican peasant clothing to emphasize her mestiza ancestry: long and colorful skirts, huipils and rebozos, elaborate headdresses and masses of jewelry. She especially favored the dress of women from the allegedly matriarchal society of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, who had come to represent "an authentic and indigenous Mexican cultural heritage" in post-revolutionary Mexico. The Tehuana outfit allowed Kahlo to express her feminist and anti-colonialist ideals. ~Wikipedia
To learn more about Frida Kahlo, check out her Wikipedia page.
Here is a link to her museum in Mexico city, housed in her home: Casa Azul
THE TWO FRIDAS
This second sculpture of Frida was inspired by the Two Fridas painting. Her huipil is made from pages of Karl Marx' Communist Manifesto with the decorative strips made from slices of her portraits. The skirt was made from a Spanish language novel with trim of pictures from "Mexico City 1965- A City of Palaces and Churches", hammer and sickle buttons, and maps from the "Biogeologica subsuperficial del Arrecife Alacranes Yucatan. Her shawl is made from decorated and cut maps of Mexico.
FRIDA KAHLO SCULPTURE 2019
FRIDA KAHLO SCULPTURE 2018
This piece was sold to the North Park Center in Dallas Texas. It was donated after their Spring and Garden Show to the Dallas Public Library.