Reflections of Frida
(colour pencil on tinted paper)
Famous Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo is the epitome of a "real and inspirational woman" that all women including myself can relate to.
Frida was born in 1907 to parents of German and Spanish descent, in Coyoacan, outside Mexico City. After contracting polio at age six, Frida also suffered severe injuries in a bus accident, breaking several bones and causing significant damage to her spine. After the accident, she found herself bedridden in a full body cast and unable to move. To help her pass the time, her mother brought her a portable easel and box of paints -- and it was then that an artist was born. Around the same time that she began painting, she also became more politically active. She fought for justice for women, Latinos, and workers.
These experiences, combined with a difficult marriage to the artist Diego Rivera, generated vibrant works depicting Frida's experiences with pain as well as the symbolism and spirit of Mexican culture
Her amazing yet tragic life and my own connections to her through channelling her portrait have strengthened the bond I feel towards her and her beloved Mexico.
Here is one of her quotes that resonates with me the most as this was how I often felt as a young child.
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too.
Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” – Frida Kahlo
Limited fine art prints are available for purchase (unframed) on quality art paper:
Original (A2) with mount behind glass in a mexican pewter embelished frame $995.00