Sunday, July 5, 2009

Viva Frida Kahlo!

On her 102nd anniversary

It is impossible to write about Frida Kahlo without creating a whirlwind of contradictory feelings mixed with admiration and horror. One of twentieth century's most important and revered artists, Frida literally embodied pain and tragedy and used art as a process of spiritual and metaphysical transformation

When she was a teenager, Frida was pierced by a metal handrail in a tragic trolley accident. The railing entered through her spinal cord and exited through her pelvis. She converted her ravaged body into some of the most memorable images that haunt our dreams. Her psychic and physical pain became a revolutionary metaphor of politics and feminism, of sexuality and subversion.

We think that her art is a lesson in artistic integrity, and the intensity of her emotions and fierce loyalty to her country has inspired women from all walks of life, but in particular Chicanas and Latin American artists, to create an alternative cultural expression, not constrained by gender but defined by artistic focus and a way of producing.

Facing her self-portrait, Frida acknowledges, "I have spent my whole life dying."

FRIDA KAHLO, /The Two Fridas/, 1939. Oil on canvas, 68 1/4 x 68 inches. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

But that acceptance and sublimation of pain into art has given us, artists and craftspeople more that one reason to live and enjoy every minute of our work, making our obstacles and difficulties easier to accept and conquer. Thank you Frida.

Frida painted this eight days before she died. She called it “Viva la Vida”, an untranslatable play of words to Live and Life.

Challenge Items!

Spanglish Team
Lolos, Piruli
ChickBoutiqueJewelry, BululuStudio

Etsy Owl Team
KatsCozyKrafts, hollystott, suenosdejmi
squarejane, taw0106

To vote for your favorite item just click here


Etsy Spanglish said...

Good Luck to all participants!

Spanglish Team!

J-Mi said...

This is a great post! There's lots of votes already!

Holly! said...

Good luck everyone! This was a very fun challenge :)

Alisa Marie said...

thanks for all the great art work! What an inspiring artist!

Good luck to all the talented artists in this challenge! i voted.

squarejane said...

lovely blog post. I am amazed at the talent from both teams, great work everyone!

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lalalajanessa said...

Beautiful work everyone! I want to own it all!

lolo said...

Gracias Jmi! :-))) Good Luck chicas!

Great items from both teams!

It was fun!

Lolo :-)

luckytwentyone said...

this blog entry is great! i love history/art together on a blog! great entries!

BululuStudio said...

It was fun participating in this wonderful challenge.

Good luck beautiful people.

J-Mi said...

Felicidades Lolos! You won! Results can be seen in this blog post and full poll can still be seen by scrolling down the blog and looking on the left near the bottom!

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