Creativity Week, Day 1: Frida Kahlo

Today we mark the start of the Girl Boss Creativity Week. Each day we will look at a different form of creativity – today is Art day, with a focus on the works of Frida Kahlo.

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An Article by Harriet Hampson

Art is a means that many individuals engage in to express their ideas, impressions of the world and qualms. It is also extremely beneficial for one’s mental health as it is a way to destress and relax. The first individual that we’ve chosen to highlight the amazing life and work of is Frida Kahlo.

The reasons as to why we’ve chosen to feature Frida Kahlo are numerous. However, the principal reason is that she uses art in a way to express topics that were extremely controversial and concealed at the time of her painting. Yet, these topics are worthy of attention. Moreover, she challenges female stereotypes and female expectations, such as beauty, through her paintings.


Frida Kahlo’s Life

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican Artist particularly known for her self-portraits. Kahlo used paintings in order to express her own individual struggles. She is known for using bright and vibrant colours in her work, which can be interpreted as her attempting to remain positive despite her personal struggles.


“The Two Fridas”

Frida Kahlo's The Two Fridas

Within this painting one sees that Kahlo has duplicated herself. It is important to note that there are many interpretations of this painting however there is one that I would like to shed light on.

It has been argued that this painting is a representation of Kahlo’s dual identity. This is shown by the two different styles of dresses; one a traditional Tehuana dress and the other dress in a European style.

Consequently, it can be seen as a painting to represent the internal conflict that she felt regarding to her own heritage. This interpretation is buttressed by the fact that Diego Rivera, her ex-husband, rejected Kahlo’s European heritage, in favour of her Mexican heritage. Thus, this painting is extremely important as it highlights the battle that many individuals face with regards to maintaining their heritage and culture due to societal pressures.


“Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”

Frida Kahlo's Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

The second painting that is particularly important to reflect upon. It is called the Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.

This is one of Kahlo’s most infamous paintings.

The portrait holistically represents the suffering that Kahlo experienced in her life, yet she perceived through said pain in silence.

 

It depicts the theme that other cannot entirely be sure of what one is experiencing in their life and that appearances feign sincerity.


Kahlo’s skill and messages live on and epitomise her strength and courage to continue, making her a key figure to pay attention to in these tough times 💛

Take a look at our other articles to see the other individuals we have chosen for our creativity week!