Since I am having to take a couple days off from my new projects, I figured I could post one of my older ones from 2015 from my series “American Wilderness”, which was my first solo show of my career at Roq La Rue Gallery:
“Vulpes vulpes”, 2015, Ball point pen, Ink pencils, Acrylic ink, Marker, Colored pencil, Graphite, and Gel pen on Hot-Pressed Watercolor Paper, 18 ¼ inches by 24 inches (22 inches by 28 inches framed in custom black frame)
Viva la Vida - “Live Life” is both the title of this artwork and the inscription on it. The reason for Kahlo’s renown in life can be attributed to the subtle detail of symbolism she placed in her works. She accomplished great things through her pain and, while tragic, it makes many people see her paintings and relate to them in more ways than one. A woman who would suffer both physical and emotional afflictions, transformed that into artistic symbolism on a canvas. She created countless paintings of the impacts in her life - such as her disability, to her heritage - right up until her death.
This painting of ripened fruit at its prime is fitting of the inscription placed upon it. Painted so shortly before she passed at the age of 47. She hoped (in her own words) that “the exit is joyful, and I hope never to return.”
Above: Viva la Vida, 1954, by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)