Sunday, October 29, 2006

Diego & Frida - Art Inspiration Challenge How Dare You # 9


When I saw the latest challenge on the Aussie Challenge Blog How dare you I immediately ran to my bookshelf to grab one of the several FRIDA KAHLO books I have collected in the last few years.

My love for her art started during my time at the university (I studied Latin American history, culture & literature for 5 years) and has only grown since.
Last year I saw her work in London in TATE MODERN in real life and by standing in front of some of the painting my eyes just filled with tears. Not only because of the beauty and the craftsmanship of the paintings, but also because you just "feel" her paintings and experience all her suffering.....
Difficult to explain.... Just LOVE her work
Follow the links to find out more about her life and work.

The painting that I used for the Art Inspiration Challenge is only 13 x 8 centimeters big. It is definitely not my favorite Kahlo painting but it immediately gave me inspiration for the LO I made of me and my husband.
The text accompanying this painting in the exhibition catalogue reads as follows:
"In Diego and Frida Kahlo paints half of her own face and half of Rivera's joined together, suggesting that neither one is whole without the other. Yet, although they are portrayed as two halves of the same being, the parts are uncomfortably matched and therefore remain distinct from one another."
(ed. Emma Dexter & Tanya Barson;2005; Frida Kahlo; page 64.)

In my LO I added words that express dualism; like day vs night; male vs female. So the journaling says what Frida wanted to say with her painting.
The title I used is from an old Eurythmics album..

9 comments:

Angelique said...

Zoooooooooooooooooo !!!! Dit is superrrrrrrrrrr !!!!

malou said...

OMG, this is so totally COOL!!!! I might have to scraplift this girl! With your permission, of course, I so want to do that w/Nelson and I's pictures. Love it!!!

Nat said...

this is freakin' cool!!! Totally love this! And you just reminded me that I managed to miss the Frida Kahlo exhibtion in hamburg - grrrr.

*Fauve* said...

Wow super coool!!Way the go!!

Nicole said...

Wow Daphne ik vind hem helemaal super...

gr Nicole

D@nielle said...

wow very impressive !

gr, D@nielle

Mandy said...

This is so beautifully done! Great job on it!

MaMaLoT said...

Geweldig! Deze ga ik misschien nog wel een keertje liften (als je daar geen problemen mee hebt natuurlijk!).

Corinnexxx said...

LOving this lots!

corinnexxx