She is masculine and feminine, she is vulnerable yet strong; sexy and boyish, appealing to both men and women, intellectual and passionate, political and creative, subversive yet traditional.
These words could describe several contemporary female artists : Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Tracey Emin to name just three; BUT for me I am talking about a woman before her time; one of the 20th Century’s most iconic female artists.
Over many years now I have become absorbed by the rawness
of her gregarious, vibrant, colorful art and life, her lifelong physical and emotional pain. Her work seems to envelope me; more and more I find myself within the depths of her alchemy; if I try to move forward and break away from her spell, I find I must return time and time again, obsessing about her world.
It was a year ago last November when I presented my exhibition, after several years of creating a body of art, a vast study of Frida, her life and art. I encapsulated my studies with furniture and textiles combined with traditional craft work. I achieved a very successful exhibition, ‘Homage to Frida Kahlo’ with much appreciated support from friends and family at The Hay Loft, Ashton Court, Bristol.
Just days before the event I learned the caterers had gone into liquidation; the onsite cafe had closed; in its stead we found a burger van and generator in the middle of the court yard!! this was not what I had in mind!
Fortunately for me, my Brother and his partner stepped in and helped with an amazing spread of Mexican food, tacos, fajitas, guacamole, salsa, chilli dishes, mounds of exotic fruits, and many other foods I can’t even remember.
I had wonderful help to arrange the show, I hired a van and loaded up, drove to the venue and a whole bunch of us unloaded the other end. The wall hangings were eventually upon the walls; the frame of the shrine in situ; the end of the day arrived and we had to vacate the building! The remainder of my displays were set up over the next two days, I was even still adding the finishing touches by the time visitors began arriving at the opening of my reception.
I was beside myself!
The Band was late the food was late I began to panic inside, I stopped, I gave myself a good talking to!
Wanting to -yet, I cannot control everything I have to let things go, everything will be fine!
Already! sure enough people were arriving, crowds were flowing and people were engaging with the work, suddenly I found myself surrounded by people asking me questions; then came that ‘Aha!’ moment –
This is what the viewer wants; they want to chat to ‘me’ ‘the artist’ find out my intentions my inspirations my aspirations, what drives me and my art.
People were enjoying the dialogue, before long the band arrived, Latin American Music was booming from the outside, people dancing, the party had begun; the food arrived; everyone piled in it the atmosphere was superb.
To top the day off, all the children enjoyed participating in a pinata game, sticks bashing, sweets spewing from a brightly coloured tissue paper donkey!
ww.fridakahloinspiredart.co.uk Is my new website I have re-created especially for you!
It is brand new; all shiny and fabulous; I hope you enjoy!
I have included lots more information for you!
About Frida Kahlo, My inspirations,
I have added information about Diego Rivera her husband;
The Day of the Dead, annual celebrations in Mexico,
I show you my four galleries on my art practice,
the works I have produced in response to Kahlo.
I have also included two short films from my actual exhibition and event 2011.
I would hope that you may use this site as a reference tool
as well as for your pure enjoyment:
Have a look NOW! I would love to know your thoughts and suggestions? Love Kx