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I feel a deep connection to Frida because we share a lot of the same health problems. There is a photo of her in exactly the same body cast I wore for over a year when I was 17 due to spinal fusion. I understand her loneliness and pain that translates into art, sometimes the only way to express deep unwordable feelings.
Frida is sculpted with movable arms which hold a palette of paint in one hand and a hand-made brush in the other. She is wearing a semi-precious stone necklace and bracelet with dangle earrings. She is wearing a white clay slip underneath a full brightly colored cotton skirt. Her slip is the stand, she has no legs. Her blouse is stretch black with tiny embroidered roses. Her clothes are stitched on and not removeable . I made everything by hand including her bamboo easel. I painted her little painting ( a replica of one of Frida's self-portraits) My sculpture is a tribute to this fascinating strong, yet frail woman.
She stands unsupported 7 inches tall. Her hair and flowers are clay.
I sculpted her from stoneware clay. She was fired and glazed at 2250 degrees.

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To see additional photos of Frida and how she was made go to my art blog:
http://kathyoconnellsart.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/frida-is-painting/

Who was Frida~ you say?
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. 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.

FRIDA’S HORRIBLE ACCIDENT

On September 17, 1925, at age 18,Frida was riding in a bus when the vehicle collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident.

FRIDA’S LOVE & MARRIAGE

At 22 she married the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, 20 years her senior. Their stormy, passionate relationship survived infidelities, the pressures of careers, divorce, remarriage, Frida’s bi-sexual affairs, her poor health and her inability to have children. The streetcar accident left her crippled physically and Rivera crippled her emotionally.

FRIDA’S DEATH

Soon after, on July 13th, 1954, at the age of 47, Frida passed away. The official cause of death was given as a pulmonary embolism, although some suspected that she died from an overdose that may or may not have been accidental.An autopsy was never performed. She had been very ill throughout the previous year and her right leg had been amputated at the knee, owing to gangrene. She had a bout of bronchopneumonia about that time, which had left her quite frail.

In his autobiography, Diego Rivera would write that the day Kahlo died was the most tragic day of his life, adding that, too late, he had realized that the most wonderful part of his life had been his love for her.

On the day after her death, mourners gathered at the crematorium to witness the cremation of Mexico’s greatest and most shocking painter. Soon to be an international icon, Frida Kahlo knew how to give her fans one last unforgettable goodbye. As the cries of her admirers filled the room, the sudden blast of heat from the open incinerator doors caused her body to bolt upright. Her hair, now on fire from the flames, blazed around her head like a halo. Frida’s lips seemed to break into a seductive grin just as the doors closed.

Frida has been described as: “…one of history’s grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera.“
Kathy (Katdazzle) O'Connell

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, the artist from Mexico City

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