I have a new art piece on display in the Dia de Los Muertos exhibit through the Visual Art League of Lewisville. The task was to submit a piece of art directly inspired by a Mexican or Latin American painter. That is a tall order that I took seriously.
Frida Kahlo’s art piece below is titled Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.
Title: Self-Portrait with Black Necklace and Butterfly
Artist’s Statement: Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s use of symbolism in her Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird I adapted her piece to reflect elements that have meaning to me.
I have never simultaneously loved and hated one of my art pieces. It is a cringe-worthy train wreck off-set in an attractive black and gold frame. Every element has a story.
Doc Martens: My beloved first pair of Docs. The most expensive purchase I made in high school. At the time, I decided I’d get my money’s worth and wear them to my grave. They have only recently been retired when I accidentally stepped on dog poop at a park in Arkansas. Tore Bellis bravely cleaned them for me but the shoes are still downgraded.
Necklace: One of many from my ballroom dancing days of getting dolled up in fancy dresses and accessories.
Stuffed Llama: Represents adventure, fun, happiness, the present and future – it is also Tore Bellis’s nickname. He gave me the llama when I had a recent health scare. The llama went to every doctor’s visit and hospital stay – where I nearly squeezed the fluff out of it when I was in agony.
Dragonflies: One is real and one is a fake. The real one I picked up during a walk when I was recovering from my health scare. I put it in a ziplock and when I was ready to use it for this project, I opened the bag and screamed. Dead dragonflies have a putrid odor. But the art must go on. I glued it to my backdrop and the smell eventually went away…or I grew accustomed to it.
Hydrangea leaves: I plucked a few leaves from my beloved hydrangea and glued them to a large cardboard. I tested the background and discovered time and again I didn’t have enough leaves. My hydrangea sacrificed most of her leaves for this project. On the bright side, it’s the end of the growing season so it was a nice way to immortalize her.
The piece is something to behold in person.
Exhibit Dates: October 29 – November 26, 2022
Location: Lewisville Grand Theater / Lewisville, Texas
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