Title: Frida People: portrait of Frida Kahlo
Material: Oil on canvas
Year: 2018 SOLD
Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence. — Frida Kahlo
Do surrealists make strange people or do strange people make surrealists? Am I maybe putting the art before the source? Frida considered herself a realist. Really.
Frida Kahlo combined Mexican culture, Catholic faith, European surrealism (she was half German), social realist style and memoir to produce magical paintings. She endured 27 major surgeries as a result of a traffic accident and produced at least that many paintings telling about it, many of them with her own guts flying around on red tethers as if spring-loaded. This morbid sub-genre of hers brought to my mind the classic game introduced in the 1960s, Operation, which was invented by a Cub Scout and is used to train surgeons in Ivy League med schools.
In this painting the “Operacion” body parts become Milagro charms which replace rosas on a vine surrounding Our Lady of Perpetual Co-payments, who is positioned in a frontal pose and in a format that is proportioned and bordered like a saint card.