Wednesday, June 06, 2007

What is it about Frida?

You see her everywhere in bloggy-ville. Who is she? Gone from this world for more than 50 years,Frida Kahlo still inspires with her amazingly personal art ,her controversial ideas, and ofcourse... her one-of-a-kind style.
I think it was in HighSchool,no doubt while carrying around a copy of this book,
...that I first stumbled on a picture of this painting. It is called "The Wounded Deer". In my self-posessed,"its all about me "teen-age state I wondered ,how did she know thats what it feels like... sometimes?Ofcourse ,at the time ,I had no idea of the depths of her personal tale ,or that I would come to know her story and art so well.
I give you ..."La Biografia". What I like about this short clip,is it outlines so many of the defining moments in her life.
Her gorgeous and raw journal,is absolute required reading for the creative soul.
I love that a visual artist can poor their heart out into one of these journals,and give us a peek into their psyches. This light hearted page by Keren Richter delivers.
Our own Gillian from Gilfings Design's has a beautifully revealing dark side, that when fused with her inner-child it creates the most haunting of images for our viewing pleasure,this is a page from her own art journal.
It seems everyone wants to evoke the iconic image of Frida. These images are from my current designer obsession, Sue Wong's Spring collection. It seems she's an admirer too.


As is Gwennie.
...but look at her...
Can you blame me for Frida-fy-ing an old headshot!
...and years later can you imagine how it felt to portray the complex passion of this woman in "La Casa Azul" a musical based on her life,by Gregory Glade Hancock ?I am performing "The Two Fridas" in this shot for The Gregory Hancock Dance Theater."I live in two seperate worlds. Divided in half,I never will be quite complete.Why do I need feet? When I have wings to fly."

24 comments:

cruststation said...

Beautiful post and images. Although I don't know Frida's past, I do love her artwork. I also love peeking into artist's sketch books as they say so much about the things that inspire, and how a piece of art came to be. Isn't it wonderful that through these, we can take a glimpse into a creative mind like reading a diary?
PS. I mentioned Keren Richter just recently.

CountryGirl_CityLife said...

Frida is so inspiring, she just breathes beauty and talent in so many aspects. I could look at her art all day. I love the Sue Wong collection as well, a fabulous designer.

mosaic queen said...

WOW!!!!!!! I am touched and speechless

Angelina said...

I love Frida and Frida inspired art and fashion. I did not enjoy watching the film though. As beautiful as the costumes and sets were, it was so depressing.

gilfling said...

Oh my goodness! Ok - seriously I adore this post (and thank you so much for featuring 'me' in it) I love the way you described my art - I often have such difficulty doing that myself but you summed me up perfectly I think!

Also I meant to let you know that the minute I read your comment on my blog about the Frida journal I ordered it from Amazon - it is still to arrive but this post has made me anticipate it even more. I have not read it before but I cannot wait to absorb myself in her images and words. And the fact that you have performed as her!! I am seriously in awe and I adore the image. I cannot imagine how incredible and emotional that must have been!! Thank you so much again for your wonderful inspirational posts!

Emma said...

Sometimes I have angsty, all-too-high-school moments where I find myself reading The Bell Jar in all black.
This post was amazing. All I usually ever think when I hear Kahlo is "eyebrows, and didn't her husband cheat on her with her sister or something?" As nerdy as it sounds, this was an educational (and cool) post! She was truly an amazing artist.

Rachelle said...

I love what you did with the headshot! An I'm lusting over those headpieces! There is a Frida swap going on over at SwapBot if you're interested, should be sun!

sweetheartville said...

I love Frida and her art. I did extensive research on her for a project in college. What a tortured life she led, so sad, but so much beauty came from it for all of us. You look divine as Frida, I might add.

AnastasiaC said...

great images - she is inspiring to many because she was strong, expressive and stood out!! she didnt just go with the flow and that was risque during her time!
love her look - it will be popular forever! Mexican inspired clothes are always gorgeous and she even makes the monobrow look cool!!
how totaly FAB that you got to play Frida!!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

What a gorgeous and carefully crafted post. That dear image, esp. So haunting.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Ahem, I meant deer image but dear image is true as well:-)

stilettoheights said...

she really is an inspiration on every level, both artistically, and personally she really knew who she was, and was just so very grounded in that reality.

always amazes me.

darlingdivadurelle said...

I found it I found it .....
I was digging around last night and low and behold that little
"juliet" dress...was in with my other clothes from my youth in Blake's closet!
(for those who dont know me I am Lisa's sis and this is in referance to her pervious post!!!)
Dollie-ON,
Durelle

Elizabeth said...

loved this - back in 1983 when I was in grad school in Ohio - I dug out the Frida stuff - so enamored was I - and at least - then - in Ohio - NOBODY knew about her - I gave a little presentation to my Art History class - I had laryngitis so it was tough sledding and painfully poignant - well my class was a little flabbergasted - I mean WHAT to think - all that pathos - and my prof invited me out for a scotch

xox - eb.

Elizabeth said...

time to visit the playground

xox - eb.

Peta said...

Frida had great style. I love your Fridafied headshot!

Timothy Hogan said...

...and let us not forget SELMA LOVES FRIDA and TIMOTHY THINKS SELMA IS A GODDESS! though neither SELMA nor FRIDA will know HIS LOVE...sad.

Vanessa V said...

As a girl, I never knew that everyone in the planet didn't know Frida. I knew nothing of a Mexican icon, other than Frida. Growing up, she was more familiar to me than butter. Her eyebrows, soothing and beautiful. Her brashness, always there... Every detail of her life, known to me as a young girl... I look at her and think, "Tia Frida, is that you?" She is a comfort to me... Even though, sometimes, she gives me that gross feeling... Like the kind you wish you didn't get, when out to dinner with a little old lady and her very hairy chin... Miss F could be quite crude too, you see... Oh, Frrreeda...

Funny enough, my real life aunts (those blood relatives, and those so commonly becoming your aunts, because they have been family friends for so long. "Tias de carino"), have that same Liberated woman, cigar smokin, spittin, can carry 4 watermelons at a time, strength. Like Frida. Love her.

xxo

VictoriaE said...

Frida was amazing. She certainly left her mark. Would've been a fascinating blogger..

Amanda Button said...

Viva Frida!

She will always be a muse dearest to my heart...to one small body could endure such suffering, yet still distill it into beauty....THAT is magic. She reminds me that you do not have to succumb to the horrible things that happen in life...beauty and wonder can be found in every moment. She inspires me in a way that i have never felt before. And like Frida..."I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return."

stephanie said...

I have been a Frida-file for years. There are many wonderful biographies that I have read and I go through her journal often!

I didn't know you are a dancer, what a wonderful company! (I danced for many years back in the day)

thank you for this wonderful post!
xo
s

ambika said...

Nice call. I love all of the representations of Frida's influence.

cinderelly said...

i have loved her for some time...she is a great inspiration as a strong mexican woman. i have her journal, and several other books about her, even a children's book in spanish! my daughter and i went to see an exhibition of her paintings when they were here, and it was like a religious experience for me!

Mary Jane said...

you are so amazing.

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