Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Why I Love Frida

I am a Chicana with a degree in Chicano Studies with an obsession with Frida Kahlo. I know! I know! I am a total cliche. But it is what it is. My love for Frida is real and deep!

My obsession started in kind of an unusual way. When I was about 20 years old I left to Cuernavaca, Mexico to study abroad for the summer. When I landed at the airport in Mexico City my luggage was MIA. The next day, myself, a teacher and another student whose luggage had gone missing went back to Mexico City to pick up our bags. We got there very early and had a few hours to kill. The teacher who had taken us suggested we visit the "Casa Azul".

From the moment I walked into the house I felt her presence. I had never heard of Frida Kahlo before. At the time I was more interested in Diego Rivera because I knew who he was. But despite not knowing who she was, I felt her. I remember walking into the kitchen and seeing this...

...and I was hooked. From that moment on I vowed to learn anything and everything I could about this Frida Kahlo. I bought a book while in Mexico called "A Biography of Frida Kahlo" by Hayden Herrera. It wasn't until I got back home that I was able to devour the book. (This was the same book used to make the Salma Hayek movie!) When I got to the end (SPOILER ALERT!) when Frida dies and is cremated I was crying so hard that my Mom burst into my room to see what was wrong.

Frida lived a hard life filled with physical and emotional pain. She also lived a life with great overwhelming passion. I think this is why women really get her. I know for me I understood her love for a man that was not good to her or for her.  I know what it's like to be slightly obsessed with a man, to want to paint picture after picture of him. For a long time I even knew what it was like to want a baby so badly and not be able to make it happen.

So tell us do you have a Frida obsession?
Or do you not understand people's fascination with this Mexican artist? 

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