Of the numerous female Surrealist artists at LACMA’s In Wonderland exhibit, Quetzalli and I were captured by Frida Kahlo’s- Las Dos Fridas painting. Surrealism can best be defined as: a movement in art and literature in the 1920s, which developed from the Dada movement, characterized by the evocative juxtaposition of incongruous images in order to include unconscious, subconscious, dream elements, chance effects, or nonrational significance of imagery, etc.
Quetzalli and I were most intrigued by Las Dos Fridas painting in that it provokes thoughts, asks questions, and reveals Frida Kahlo’s inner and outer most self; tragedy, pain, sorrow, redemption, and salvation. In essence, Frida Kahlo’s paintings told stories of her fantasy-like mind, culture, childhood, family, marriage, death, pain, loyalty, and of course her alter ego (stripping away of her hair, dressing up and carrying on as a man). Kahlo’s paintings, whether self-portraits, still-lifes, culture, or life itself…she depicted her reality, no matter the outcome, (pre-Surrealism).
Frida Kahlo’s Surrealist art and amazing Mexican style of dress, and her blue house in Mexico, definitely went hand in hand. Kahlo was a walk of art; freedom of expression, liberation from all limitations. And, she transformed into a peaceful dove amidst the storm, allowing herself to fly.
Frida Kahlo’s – Las Dos Fridas