I always was intrigued by the life of amazing women with exceptional talents and devoted passions.
One of those women is definitely Frida Kahlo, ever since I saw her portrait and paintings in a museum in Zagreb. Her portraits and paintings make me aware of pain and a complete new aspect of life I hadn’t considered. Her life was brief, often turbulent and painful. She was painting the diary (as she would say “the reality”) of her life, using a “folkloric” style of painting. The paintings reflect her emotions, the turbulent and very painful relationship with her husband Diego and pain she endured because of a tragic accident which happened to her at the age of 18. The accident made her lay in bed for the most of her life wearing a full body torso cast. Frida is most famous for herself portraits which give us a glimpse of what her life may have been like at the time. Frida would often wear the style of dress typically worn by the native women of the Tehuana region of Mexico. The costumes she was wearing are I believe strikingly beautiful, but also enabled to hide the physical deformity of her right leg. Frida was catching a lot of attention everywhere she went, and she even inspired a clothing line in Paris.
I was as lucky enough to visit her home The Blue House in Mexico this spring. The house is situated in Coyacan district in Mexico city, and I would sad it is one the most traditional and beautiful districts. What amazed me the most were the mirrors above her bed – she was lying and looking at herself and painting portraits. As she said: “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. ”
This post is my devotion to her passion for life and the passion she brought into my life.
“Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?”
“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’m just as strange as you.”
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”
„There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.“
PHOTOGRAPHY by Silvika (hvalaaa ******)
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