Frida Kahlo has been one of my favorite artists for a long time. I saw an exhibition on her in Philadelphia and it was amazing. I feel so fortunate to have discovered her and having been able to really experience her work. She was a surrealist who specialized in self portraits, and through each of them, she expressed another side of herself. She was madly inlove with the more well known Diego Rivera, another Mexican artist. Her story of their love and her life, is art itself.
I feel very connected to her work and also her exciting, but painful life. She loved animals, especially deer....you can see in the necklace a tribute to her monkey friends as well.
This necklace pays homage to her and her story. I saw an example of Pinterest and wanted to create one myself. I added skulls for the Mexican Day of Dead and various other symbols to celebrate Latin art.
The pendant is made of material called "Shrinky Dink" and is a sketch of Frida herself. This is definitely a statement piece. If you are a Frida lover like me, this is the necklace for you. It hangs approximately 18 inches and is on the heavier side.
My professor once said that I had a knack for creating art out of my painful experiences....the compliment captures how I feel about Frida. She reconciled grotesque sorrow through poignant images and colors.
"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can." -F.K.