The arts and creating have always been a part of my life.
As a little girl, I loved crafts, drawing and painting. Throughout school, I rocked diorama projects (my 5th grade "North Pole" landscape was rad - think blue painted tinfoil accents), visual presentations, was grateful to take Advanced Placement "AP Studio Art" in high school and finished with a Studio Art (along with Art History) minor from college. They were my favorite classes. Throughout my artsy journey, I had many notable favorites - from Italian Renaissance masters, Columbian sculptor Fernando Botero, to surrealists Dali and Renee Magritte. But Frida Kahlo was one of my first favorites and one of the first artists I studied.
I learned of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in my junior high Spanish class. She was unique and bold. Her notable collection of soulful self-portraits were often bright, carrying indigenous Mexican hues, hints of surrealism and social commentary but there was consistently innate sadness. She endured childhood illness, lifelong health troubles, fertility and marital issues to name a few. These experiences and struggles oozed into her visual commentary. To this day, she is still a cultural icon. Her images and likeness are seen throughout pop culture - and has the most badass uni-brow of this century.
Today, July 13, marks the anniversary of her passing (on 1954), so thought it fitting to bring to light some of her Frida-tastic portraits and a recent Frida-inspired purchase. Or shall we say selfies? Move over, Kim Kardashian. For a great resource on Frida, check out http://www.frida-kahlo-foundation.org/.