Art Interaction : Frida Kahlo 's Thorn Necklace And Hummingbird

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Mirian De Jesus ESE88-08 Timothy Glenn August 1, 2015 Art Interaction: Frida Kahlo’s Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Art is the essence of emotions, expressed through the canvas to fulfill an artist’s ego and reflect their inner self. Frida Kahlo one of the many women who revolutionized art, was a great example of the strength of women, and their expression of daily life through art. Frida lived from 1907-1954; at the age of 18 she had an accident that left her paralyzed, she began to paint more frequently to express herself. Kahlo is considered a surrealist, due to her art being subconsciously done, although Frida always mentioned “They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality”. She…show more content…
The book titled, Frida Kahlo’s Still Lifes by Salomon Grimberg states, “Because of her accident and illness, she was confined to her home a great deal of the time, but her still lifes are as reflective of her internal reality as are herself portraits”(24). Frida Kahlo’s art was a way to express her emotions, although her accident subjugated her into a “still life” she managed to express her internal reality through her self- portraits. In addition, the self-portrait, shows a thorn necklace around her neck in which a lifeless black hummingbird hanged. Hummingbirds are recognized by their flamboyant colors full of life, although by painting a lifeless hummingbird it shows that perhaps she thought that not being able to move meant her life was slowly perishing away. Furthermore, her internal reality conveyed the pain she felt by not being able to do many things, her own body restrained her from being happy. Frida Kahlo expressed her heritage through images that both portrayed her Aztec and her religion, embracing her identity. The artwork Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird demonstrates two aspects of her identity, the thorn necklace around her neck expresses the “Aztec practices where priests performed self-mutilation with agave thorns and stingray spines. The dead hummingbird is sacred to the chief god of Tenochtitlan, Huitzilopochtli, the god of sun and of war” (Helland 11). In the art piece the thorn necklace is around her neck as

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