When most people think of Frida they think of the iconic photographs of her with flowers in her hair. Or her self portraits, where she paints herself in a stylized way and doesn't hide her unibrow or mustache.
But when I think of Frida I think of a trailblazer. A strong, smart woman who was ambitious enough to aspire to become a female doctor in the early 20th century.
But a very tragic buss accident happened, leaving her to heal in bed for a year. Frida being an ambitious woman, was a little stir crazy just lying in bed, so they introduced her to painting. She spent the rest of her life as an artist.
Frida painted many self portraits, but she used symbolism heavily in her paintings to express herself. Because of that bus crash that impaled a large piece of metal through her pelvic and out her back, she went through many surgeries, and dealt with physical pain through her life.She was also never able to have a child because of the accident, she struggled with that a lot in life and had several miss carriages.
You can see the struggles she had in life, in her paintings. She uses a lot of symbolism, I'm including a few images and links to the Frida Kahlo web site so you can read a little more about each painting I selected. But she has a lot more interesting life facts and paintings you may want to look into.
I feel a small sisterhood to Frida, when I was 11 my sister, Grandma, and I were in a horrible car accident, killing my grandma and leaving my sister polarized from the neck down and on a ventilator. My sister spent 15 months in the hospital and my mom was with her almost every day. My dad struggled to keep up with me, his job, and my mom and sister being in a city an hour away.
This was just the first of my life's tragedies, but through out my life I have found a lot of healing by creating artwork.
I do believe I have a creative spirit, so I naturally went to art as a therapy. But I think many other people and artists have experienced the same thing.
That is why I am curating this show at the gallery for July and August, and why I am working on a free ebook for art journaling! Art can help you process and overcome.
Work that will be a part of the show will include paintings inspired by Frida's iconic photographs, as well as her paintings, and any work that is full of symbolism, and has helped the artists express themselves and heal from struggles and stresses of life!
I'm excited about this show! I want to have a lot of fun with it!!! So during the reception we are encouraging everyone to ware a flower or a floral head piece in their hair....you will even be able to win a prize if you do!!! It's going to be a really fun evening! We will have coloring pages for the little ones, cookies, adult beverages, and maybe we can get some other businesses to participate with us too!
If you would like to be a part of this show please contact Christy at the Art Insight Emporium, 734-693-6226 firstname.lastname@example.org