We at Bex Rox find inspiration from icons all around the world, and one of our biggest icons is Frida Kahlo – we even named a necklace after her! Frida lived her life to the fullest, despite all the hardships she encountered. She had a gift for communicating her emotions to the world through painting – beautiful, often heartbreaking works. Yet she is an iconic woman in her right, for what she has endured, how she preserved, and how she was an inspiration and example of strength.
“I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other considerations.” ~ Frida Kahlo
Frida lived her life in Mexico. She was beautiful, spirited and bold – proud of her Mexican roots, she often dressed in bright, unique Tehuana costume. Kahlo’s brightly coloured, Mexican folk-influenced garments seem impossibly bold. Forget flapper fashion, her clothes reveal the creative heart of a woman with unlimited imagination, even if she was limited physically.
Embroidered dresses, bright pink boots, cat eye sunglasses; Kahlo adapted the traditional clothing of women from Mexico’s matriarchal Tehuantepec area society to fit her own needs. The flowers in her hair and bold, beautiful jewels (particularly loved was a pair of hand earrings from Picasso) speak of a woman who dressed to please no one but herself.
PDNB Gallery has decided to organise an event entitled Frida Kahlo dedicated to one of Mexico’s most pre-eminent artists. The exhibition will feature a series of photos of the famous painter.
The exhibition assembles some of the most intimate photographs of the artist taken by her lover and her best friend, and reveal her as an eccentric character, with a fierce determination and a piercing regard. Taken within her studio, these photos paint a portrait of a strong, talented woman, who stares directly down the lens. Not only has Kahlo become an iconic figure within Modern painting, but also a huge feminist influence.
Frida relished in breaking the rules, both in her art and her life. She surrounded herself with other inspiring creatives and thinkers. One of the reasons her work is so widely celebrated is because it was unlike anything proceeding it. Though she was well aware of her uniqueness, she encouraged others to embrace theirs too, as she said:
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I am just as strange as you.”
“Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change” ~ Frida Kahlo