Happy birthday Frida Kahlo!
‘The great hider-away’
I have wanted to write a little bit about Frida for some time, why she and her art are important to me, and perhaps lots of people.
I think I can recall when I first saw Frida’s work and images of her, I was around thirteen years old. There was something about her that felt very familiar – her dress style, her moustache, her braided hair and flowers.
I love that she embraced her culture through her sense of dressing, of looking. She carried it off, it was all hers.
She was Mexican, I could relate to this too. Colour, brass bands, violence, cuisine, religion blending pagan and christian, ritual – there were similarities. She straddled tradition and modernity blended with surrealism and dreams – something that I love – the crossing over, merging, creating something frighteningly new out of an old world.
Frida also depicted her…
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