ICON SERIES by Alisa Proctor: Acrylic paintings inspired by classic iconography and religious art with Frida Kahlo (and Oprah) as my muse, and perhaps thinly veiled self-portrait. This series explores issues of life/death, illness/recovery, birth/motherhood....and asks questions about what it means to be woman, mother, icon, and celebrity.
Frida on His Mind
Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Clayboard, 5"x7"
Diego Rivera as Icon, while holding small Icon of Frida and Monkey.
This is one half of a set called "Iconic Couple".
The other image in the set features Frida, of course.
Icon with Monkey
Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Clayboard, 5"x7""
Frida as Icon, holding her pet monkey.
This small piece is one half of a set called "Iconic Couple".
The other image in the set features Diego Rivera, of course.
Fridalupe (with Diego)
Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Frida Kahlo has become an icon, and her popularity in Mexico may well rival that of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I've run with that concept and painted Frida as the Virgin of Guadalupe; thus the title "Fridalupe". I've portrayed her pregnant. There is a sense of sad irony here; Frida was never able to carry a child to full term. Further inspired by classic "Mother of God" imagery, Frida is being crowned (with a cheeky twist) by flying monkeys. 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?
This painting is an exploration of what it means to be female: virgin, mother, creator/goddess. The central issue of womanhood is fertility- to be creator of life. A woman begins the fertility cycle first as a potential creator/virgin, then the ripeness of pregnancy brings impending motherhood. And motherhood is the end game of female fertility: the creation of life by mother/goddess. The subtext of this image is that in our modern age we tend to undervalue the capacity to create life, to be a creative force as fertile woman. And beyond this, we undervalue motherhood. Subconsciously, every fertile woman and mother wants to be revered and worshiped as an icon and goddess.