Friday, July 18, 2014
The Fridas got together last night at Burton Barr Library to talk about the influences of Frida Kahlo's life and work on their own art and the power of working in an art collective to inspire creativity. Join the Phoenix Fridas for one more mercado August 1 for Phoenix First Fridays.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A Phoenix Frida-La Vero
A Phoenix Frida, Veronica Verdugo-Lomeli
In recognizing that Frida Kahlo was the ultimate selfie The Phoenix Fridas were inspired to create self-portraits for our 2014 exhibit ‘Expressively Frida’. I, La Vero, painted a self-portrait taking a selfie with one of my paintings, ‘Frida Muerta’, as the phone cover. I transferred elements of that painting onto myself.
Working on a self-portait is an interesting process of physical self examination, but also, a search of the mind and heart. Maybe it’s all that time actually looking my own reflection and realizing how much time in my own life has passed, what I’ve accomplished, failed at, and have yet to do ...and not knowing how much of my life is actually left. I can only imagine Frida’s thoughts as she painted!
I’m inspired daily and I hope to inspire. I find fortune and blessing in what I have today and the things that I hope for. Life is good, Viva la Vida!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Hi, Monique here!
My shadow box, Column Me, (see above) for the Expressively Frida 2014 show was inspired by Frida's piece entitled Broken Column. The pain she felt as her vertebrae wore away is shown in the spinal column I constructed out of polymer clay. I chose to also use a bust verses the brace and painted it like a sunset along with an anatomically correct heart made of gold. The outside of the box represents her home, La Casa Azul, which she housed her as a child and as an adult. Her creativity in good times and bad came to fruition within these walls.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
|Isn't this the sweetest little girl?|
We had our opening party to celebrate Frida's birthday and we had more than 1600 guests show up! Here are some pictures that Arizona photographer, Johnny Lazoya took throughout the day!