Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Icon Series: Frida Kahlo as the Virgin of Guadalupe
"Senora Nuestra Fridalupe (with Diego)"
Acrylic on Canvas, 34x52
by Alisa Proctor
Frida Kahlo has become a bit of an icon, and her popularity in Mexico may well rival that of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I've run with that concept and created a visual mash-up. In place of the traditional cherub I've painted Diego Rivera, Frida's husband and famed muralist. Until Frida's rise in popularity in recent years, he was probably Mexico's most famous artist. These days, she may well outshine him. That begs the question: is "cherub" Diego holding up Fridalupe, or riding her coat-tails? And of course, I've included Frida's pet monkeys!
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