Torn from Life

Frida Kahlo's life was frequently plagued by devastating experiences that influenced her art work. In this collection, I tried to focus on the pieces that really show the pain of the loss of her baby and the hopelessness that life caused her to feel, but also how death doesn't equal the end, how people can still keep others alive through memory

What I really liked about this image was how Frida had somehow melded her sorrow and optimism into one picture. Her sadness is evident from the tears on her face and the life and death of her miscarriage on the left. But on the right, Frida included a palette and she always said that painting had completed her. In fact this painting was her only artistic attempt to reduce her depression after the miscarriage. The blood nourishing the plants could be seen as her way of showing that death is only a part of a grander scheme of life.
Frida created this painting the same year she had had her second miscarriage. The fetus represented her child who would never live and the snail was a symbol of the slow horror of losing a child. She knew that she would never be able to have a baby and I think that's what made it even more tragic for her. I chose this picture because it goes with the theme but also because it so honestly shows how death affected her.
I chose this picture for my gallery because I wanted to show that death isn't just the stopping of a heartbeat. Isolation, depression, helplessness, and suffering can be just as deadly. Frida has had to stay in many hospitals because of illness and death and this picture represents those experiences. It shows how sterile, alienating, and frustrating a hospital can be.
Frida had painted this portrait eleven years after her father had passed away. I chose this painting because I once heard that people die twice. Once when their heart stops and their brain stops delivering commands and a second time when their name is spoken for the last time. This painting was to show how much he meant to her and how much she adored him, even after being gone for eleven years. Even though he wasn't physically there, she was still able to keep him alive through art.
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