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Frida Kahlo by pheleon Frida Kahlo by pheleon
Hmm... I'm not sure whether this is in the right category, but I didn't think that it would appropriate to put this in my usual ' plushies' section, considering Kahlo's got a carved-plaster-fractured-ionic-column as a spine. Oh, and the pins aren't too welcoming either....

This work is going to be submitted to a festival called 'Art Matters'. I don't know whether I'll get accepted but it's worth a shot. My major is Painting & Drawing, so for me to submit something in the sculpture section is rather strange, but not unheard of. Painting is just pissing me off at the moment, so I really needed a change.

The theme I was working with is 'the commodification of art'. In other words, how art is/can become a commodity (i.e. something that has a monetary value, and such a value increases according to its demand/rareness).

In my opinion, when a work is only tied to a price, it loses its 'art factor'. My views and definitions on art are rather intricate, so I won't bore you any further (by all means, if you're interested, feel free to ask me questions). But in a nutshell, I dislike the idea of art as a commodity.

I decided to work with Kahlo because....she's so damn cool! lol. (I really broke the seriousness of my discourse!) That's not the only reason. Pretty much, she lived a tough life. Not only did she nearly die in a bus accident and fractured her spine in the process, but she had to endure drama after drama with her retarded relationship with Diego Rivera (she married him twice!) and of course other turmoils in her life (e.g. not being able to conceive). Her paintings are mostly auto-biographical, and very personal. When looking at her work, I feel as if I'm reading her diary....

And yet, we now SELL this as a COMMODITY?!? wtf is wrong with the world! Selling people's misery...hmm...I guess it's not THAT unheard of...but still.

Anyways, so I chose two works as references: two fridas and broken column.

I merged them together, and altered its appearance, but the ideas remain intact: it's supposed to depict her suffering. There's lots more to say on the subject, but I'm want to keep this as brief as possible since this is DA and not the judges for the fest. ;)

I used the usual stuff (fabric, felt, acrylic paints for the eyes...) and the broken column is carved from a block of plaster that I cast. Making her surprisingly didn't take that long; it's coming up with the concept that's time-consuming.

Anyways, so this will probably be my only serious work, since this DA account is strictly for plushies, and I was debating whether I should post this, and I finally decided that it would make a nice change, and so here it is.

EDIT I didn't end up submitting this for the fest because I REALLY didn't feel like writing an artist statement, and I realised that the fest itself will take up my time; time that I'm not willing to spend since I have a lot of work cut out for me this semester. Maybe Frida will be exhibited in something else someday...
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NOIR510 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved :D
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bastett Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! I love the touch with the spinal-collumn!
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lunakittycat13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i want one
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VioletLunchell Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is AMAZING and it's great to see more "mature" and "deep" plushies. it's a pity you didn't submit this work of art to the fest, i'm sure it'd have been pretty popular. great job!
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Akkanash Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Really well done. She looks like she belongs in a stop-motion animation. Very active pose.
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pheleon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thanks! :) (and you're giving me ideas; that'd be really cool if I can make her animated one day, lol) :XD:
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SJHobbyOwl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks really amazing, well done ^___^
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SandFan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is absolutely incredible. I wish I had the talent to craft something this gorgeous and deep based upon my favourite artist (I have a print of her Self-Portrait With Cropped Hair above my desk). I love the column you made and how you used two of her paintings and combined them instead of just copying one.

Kahlo's work really hammers in the theme of art as a commodity being... well, wrong. You're placing a monetary value on raw emotion, pain, and human experience. It doesn't matter that it's been captured in a painting, you're still assigning a value to her experiences as a person and lessening their power with dollar bills. Of course, that's just how the world works...

Again - wonderful job!
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pheleon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks! :heart: Good to hear that Kahlo is getting much love.

Yeah, it's a real shame the world works with the dollar sign. :( But I guess there's still hope with artists trying to find new ways to express themselves that are not linked to a monetary object, like performance, street or public art to name a few.
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SandFan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well hopefully some day there are venues for things like street art and creative expression just as there are skate parks and such. It'd be a pretty cool thing...
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