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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 Digital Artist
I loved :D
bastett Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! I love the touch with the spinal-collumn!
lunakittycat13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i want one
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!
Akkanash Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really well done. She looks like she belongs in a stop-motion animation. Very active pose.
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:
thehobbypanda Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks really amazing, well done ^___^
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!
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.
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...
Neverose Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Wow this is so cool! I want one. ^_^ Frida is my hero.
tmd0077 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!!! :D
Evazgar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wooo This is really a beautiful work, i'm mexican and i'm glad that Frida Kahlo has presence in other countries. Keep up the good work!!
Hazelgirl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
blink, heck yes! Frida is one of my favorite artist, this is just pure awesome.
Bousset-Wilde Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm mexican =w= I'm not a Frida Kahlo fan but I like so much of her ideas and thoughs, and yes OTL her die was horrible, but you can even found a picture of she painting in the bed OuOd
This is so amazing QuQd you inspired me =w= I was looking for some good tutorials to make plushies to my best friend and me, thanks a lot for share this :heart: Thanks a lot...and keep doing this awesome work.
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Thanks for the comment. :) It really means a lot to me, so I must thank you for appreciating Frida! :hug:
Good luck with making plushies. :XD:
Bousset-Wilde Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   Digital Artist
=w=d deserve it
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Cooking-FerXo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Artist
Amazing....... <3
pinkfloydsgurl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i came to your site off another artists site and saw this. My jaw dropped and immediately i called my mate to tell her she needed to get online. We are both sitting here stunned. THIS IS AMAZING!
pheleon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thanks. :) Frida deserves more love. :heart:
pinkfloydsgurl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
she really does mate, she really does.
SamaiMurai Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just watched her biopic with Selma Hayek too. This is fantastic work! You're very talented C:
NightmaresLover Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Man here in Mexico Frida Kahlo is the most respected artist ever.
My grandma lives near one of her museums, and i honestly dont like her work, everytime i see it i feel pain and sadness, in a way its good cause that means she perfectly portrayed her emotions through the painting, but i dont really enjoy feeling misery :/.

Anyway, i love this little doll you made, it really does look like her. :')
pheleon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
You're lucky to be able to see her work in person! I've only ever seen a few paintings in real life, but I'd really like to go to Mexico one day to see more.
I like your reaction to her work. I guess misery isn't such a great feeling, so she channels it onto her viewers.
adrien00082 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Incredible! You're an artist!
uglykat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
uni brow huh? nice. :)
AlternateJLX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Oh my,I simply can't believe someone made a Plush of her!2feet tall too!I admire her art very much!However I forgot about her for quite a while...But since I saw this...brings me memories of learning about her with my classmates back at 3rd grade!
This is outstanding!Just like all your other Plushies!
ColomoArt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know if my question will offend you but, would you be willing to sell this piece? I really love the concept and originality.

Please let me know.
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
I don't take offense; it's rather a compliment! I'm happy that you appreciate her. :)

I don't think I can realistically sell Frida online because of the high shipping fees (I'd insist on sending her through something really secure, which alone can cost up to 150$) :noes:
ColomoArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow, that's really high for shipping. What's the size of the piece? I particularly like the detail of the broken column in her back. That was clever. Thanks for sharing anyway. Keep me updated!
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
She's about 2 feet high with her legs fully stretched out. I was a bit wrong on the estimated shipping. To send her to the states, it would be roughly 75$ through "xpresspost", but 235$ through "priority worldwide"!! So I guess my estimate was an average of the two. ^^;
ColomoArt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
that's still expensive thought... The price for actual piece is great but i think it's too much for shipping.... Where would you ship it from?
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
I'm coming from Canada.
ColomoArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
lol my last message was all messed up, i hate using my ipod to send messages bacause they always sound stupid. Anyway, i didn't think it would be that expensive to ship from there... i thought you lived in the U.K. or somewhere in Europe...
pheleon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
yeah, shipping is ridiculous. I think the 75$ for xpresspost is the cheapest it'll ever get (that's how much it cost to send out Kos-mos, a plush that was 2 feet high as well). I don't think it'll make much of a difference if I came from the UK. When I send small packets there, it costs the same amount as when I send them to the states!! (and it takes the same amount of time; it's ridiculous I tell ya!)
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jibbarousseau Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
i would never say this else where but theres really no other way to put it...this is deff marvelous.. ive seen the actual painting and wow u did a good job here
ghersi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
is a great job!!! (felicidades esta excelente, tiene mucho talento)

TofuLovesYou Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
wow, this is so cool!
Modca Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow hermoso xD!! me encanto
mekisyo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
ohh i know this artist! my friend showed me alot of her works and its relaly interesting ^^ you are so good at making dolls! : D simply amazing!
imaginarysakura Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
this is amazing. there's something so captivating about this artist... not everyone is quite ready to bear their whole soul in their work, to make others experience their pain in some degree as they have.
yet at the same time, reel you in.

well done!!! ^^
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really wonderful interpretation of two of her works. I think it's wonderful to see how you translated her 2D paintings into 3D. :)
Neverwinterphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh, I adore this so dearly.
MagusNocturne Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Interface Designer
Your whole gallery seems DD worthy.

Did you base this on Los Dos Friedas? Its my fave Frieda Kahlo piece.
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Yup. I based it off of the paintings Two Fridas, and Broken Column. ;)
ladylovey Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
I'm kinda of suprised this didn't get a DD...
pheleon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Yeah, I wish she got it instead of Nightcrawler. ^^;
ladylovey Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Oh i see what you mean, Both are good though .. :)
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