Saturday, August 6, 2016

Frida

The lyrics of the song "Dreamscape" were inspired by the masters of surrealism, Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo. They are my top two favorite painters/artists. The movie Frida, starring Salma Hayek, also belongs to one of the movies that are very close to my heart. The actors, but most of all the story made an impression on me.

I believe that I am not the only artist that felt inspired by her. Other musicians as Coldplay and Florence and the Machine also were inspired by her. Even in the fashion industry she left her mark. Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons, and many more saw her as a inspiration source.

During my stay in Mexico City for the Hell and Heaven Festival, I had the opportunity to go to her house where she lived with Diego in Coyoancan, which is now a museum. I was really excited to be in a place where she has been – where she created extraordinary art that was so unique.

To be in her "Blue House" and see the tools that she used to create her art, was marvelous. At the same time, I felt overwhelmed by the pain she had in her life. I could feel it radiating from her pictures and self portraits. The beds that she lied in, her death mask – it was a lot to take in.

I've made a lot of pictures, but have chosen to not show all because it might be too graphic and on the other hand, it would be nicer for you to see it in the flesh.

Have any of you been at the museum in Coyoancan? Which painters do you like?

Frida's make up.
Her scent.
Jean Paul Gaulier was one of the fashion designers inspired by the corsets Frida wore.
This is one of the mirrors she used for her self portraits.
This is such a tender picture. The way she holds the baby, it melts my heart.

Simone
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