Today's the day! My new Kahlo inspired self-portrait is hanging in exhibition at Brush gallery in Brighton.
This little video gives a 3 second glimpse of some of my painterly moments as I came to the end of the work.
My final work is inspired by all those things that Kahlo was reported to have dealt with in her lifetime... self-imagery, femininity, hope & despair, pain, botanical imagery, and the power of woman.
I began my painting starting as I often do with my mixed media paintings, by building up a layer of collage. The collage here is special - if you look really carefully, you can see glimpses of suffragettes, you can see an illustration of my namesake plant the Laurel, you can almost hear the sheet music playing through the layers, a dictionary definition of feminism is in there, as well as lots of other symbolic references to my life and my story. This was what Frida was all about to me; someone brave enough to tell her own story and map her own journey visually, through symbols and sometimes graphic imagery that displayed her inner strength and character.
See the painting until March 18th 2017, at Brush, 84 Gloucester Road, BN1 4AP Brighton