Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A ribbon wrapped around a bomb

I've been thinking a lot about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lately. It began when a friend suggested I watch the movie Frida with Salma Hayek. That led to my getting a book of Kahlo's artwork out of the library. And since I've been spending a lot of time on Polyvore lately, it only seemed natural that I create a set (collage) on Polyvore inspired by Frida. I call it A Ribbon Wrapped Around a Bomb. (Blog post continues after the collage; please scroll down.)

A ribbon wrapped around a bomb

"The art of Frida Kahlo is a ribbon around a bomb." Andre Breton

If you're not familiar with Kahlo's life, let's just say it was quite tempestuous. She experienced a lot of pain, both physical and emotional. She said about her art, "My painting carries with it the message of pain."

Frida Kahlo is known for her self-portraits. "I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best," Kahlo explained.

You may want to explore your own library or look online to learn more about this fascinating woman whose strength is apparent in both her work and in the accounts of her life.


Sam said...

What an inspiration she was--she didn't let pain stop her from accomplishing so much in her life.

Anonymous said...

I will view that movie, I know very little about her. What passionate colors!

Anonymous said...

I watched Miss Potter recently. Have you seen it? A portrait of a very different artist. I liked the integration of her illustrations into the movie.

Silke said...

OMG, Beth, I LOVE your Polyvore collages. I just joined. You must teach me how to do this, ok?!? And I really like Frida, the movie and her art! Hugs, Silke