Frida Kahlo de Rivera , the Artist. My sculpted doll.
Frida, what a woman! Something about the way she defiantly stares into the camera made me want to capture her spirit in a sculpture. I am using white clay (stoneware), I usually use porcelain but for some stupid reason I grabbed a hunk of clay and just started pushing it around to make Frida emerge from it. I remember now why I like porcelain when doing the small detail I like to do. It just figures that a tiny lump of sand will come to the surface right where i don’t want it. Sorry, Frida, sometimes I do things without thinking. Imagine that, me impulsive! But still I think she is coming along nicely. It always amazes me how my hands can take a blob, a lump of clay and just poke and pinch until a person is born. I couldn’t decide weather to use real hair or sculpted hair. I asked Ana, she said- “sculpted”. I am so glad I listened to her because Frida’s hair is magnificent. So far I have spent 7 hours on her.
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter,and is perhaps best known for her self-portraits.
Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as Naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as “surrealist”, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”.
Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident she experienced as a teenager. These issues are represented in her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”