Week 2 of the #deadartistsscociety and I'm loving it. I'm having so much fun––the reading/research, the curiosity, the thinking, the making, the combining, the connecting, all of it.
"As a teen and young adult, Frida experimented with different styles of dress. She was clearly aware of the power of clothing in crafting her identity, and enjoyed making a statement and even shocking people with her different looks."
"When Diego became annoyed with the choice of music he pulled out his pistol and shot the phonograph. This both frightened Frida and aroused her interest, and she decided to seek him out."
"Whenever Frida told the story of her initiation into painting, she was careful not to promote the familiar artists' myths of being born with a pencil in hand or to imply that 'innate genius' had drawn her irresistibly to art."
"Eventually the role of the heroic sufferer became an integral part of Frida: the mask became the face. And as the dramatization of pain became ever more central to her self-image, she exaggerated the painful facts of her past."
"In 1952, Gisele Freund photographed Frida Kahlo in a deteriorating state, doped on painkillers, creating paintings that, according to Dr. Velasco y Polo, reveal states of excitement similar to those brought on by drug addiction."
I went off on a little bit of a tangent this day after reading Frida Kahlo: The Gisele Freund Photographs and discovered muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros' work.
"I paint self portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self portraits.
Of the 8 Frida books that I'm (semi) reading, Frida Kahlo at Home is by far my favorite.
left: the earliest known photo of Frida and Diego 1929 taken at the May Day march
right: newspaper photo August 21, 1929 Frida and Diego were married, Frida borrowed her outfit from the maid, her father was the only family to attend, her mother described their marriage as that of an elephant and a dove.
Trying to wrap my brain around all the stuff I'm learning and decide which parts are most important to me and what I want to include in my pieces about Frida. I'm thinking a lot of Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist and this quote:
"...you figure out what's worth stealing, then you move on to the next thing."
What things from Frida are worth stealing (for me) and when do I move on?
This week I finally started on this large wood panel. The circle design comes from Frida's 1947 "Sun and Life." I'm adding in 55 silhouettes to represent her self portraits.
"Frida was very different from Diego's previous wives and lovers. He was never faithful and Frida also had affairs (with both men and women) but their relationship encompassed much more than their sexual lives. They were each other's best supporter and most ardent fan. They shared political convictions and were both fiercely proud of being Mexican."
Frida gave her painting "the wounded deer" to friends as a wedding gift with a note that said: I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you."