Art Doll ~Frida Kahlo Shrine
Benefitting the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots Organization
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Greetings! It's March already and I'm just going to pretend it's January since I haven't been able to get a start the past two months. I'm doing fine just a few computer problems~a freak accident involving liquid getting onto my computer and therefore messing up my circuit board. A new external keyboard is allowing me to use my Mac as if nothing happened but it's a matter of time before it quits and I'll have to get a new computer. In the meantime I'm crossing my fingers that my laptop will work with me fro just a little while longer :)
On to more important things. Here is my latest Art Doll~ Frida holding her Cigar Box Shrine. This hanging piece will be auctioned off beginning March 20th (extended to April..details to come)and will benefit Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots .They are a non profit organization whose mission it is to help the poorest families in the Oaxaca region of Mexico by providing food,clothing,etc. along with helping children,who would otherwise be working on the streets to support their families, get an education.
Be sure to visit their website for additional information how their organization helps :)
This is the second year that Rebecca from Mi Corazon is hosting the Cigar Box Shrine Fund raiser ~she has worked tirelessly to organize and promote this wonderful cause. You learn more about her and the auction by clicking the badge in the right hand column which will take you to her blog.
I will post more details once the auction date approaches.
For my Shrine I decided to have Frida holding a cigar box instead of being inside like last years shrine.
I wanted to continue with the hanging dolls series that I started with the two that I made for a Gallery Show last summer. This piece addresses Frida's pain and issues with fertility. Children were something she desperately wanted but due to her injuries suffered in a bus accident she was never able to carry a child full term and suffered three miscarriages. It was after one of her miscarriages that she learned to take her grief and put in on canvas and paper in a way that no woman had ever expressed herself before.
On the banner at the bottom of her skirt I included a line from the book Frida's Bed (paraphrased in Spanish). Though it's not a quote from Frida, it is befitting as it captures the essence of her work.
I dragged my pain from its depths and brought it to the surface, exposing it to the light..and that gave me strength~
There are some grammatical errors with the Spanish that I need to fix ~ I will be re-doing the banner but it will look basically the same. I have some other details that I still want to add to the piece. If I decide to tinker a little more with this piece I will post an updated image. Doll description follows below~
This Frida Kahlo doll is made of polymer clay, gessoed and painted in layers of acrylics and coated with a protective matte varnish. She is approx 14.75" tall and 7" at the widest part of the base of her dress.
From top to bottom:
Her hair is made of high quality black mohair and she is wearing ivory colored flowers made of a crepe like paper. Two small hand earrings adorn her face (made of silver dipped copper) and she wears a double strand necklace made of turquoise. Frida wears a corset made of plaster bandages which has several silver leafed tears on the front (mostly covered up by the cigar box but visible up close and on the sides). Her undergarment is painted black. She wears a shawl made of aqua blue silk that has some embroidered leaves on it. I handmade the tassels and pom poms and added it as trim.
The Shrine is made from a vintage Windsor Cigar Box (from early twentieth century). The original size was approx 3" x5 " but shortened down to 2.5" x 3"(closed) to fit the doll. The box still has it's original labels and has been sealed with a protective varnish to prevent further flaking. The box also has it's original hinges and markings~ the doors (inside and out) came with the words "New Departure" printed on them. The inside walls are painted a turquoise green.
I hand sculpted the baby, heart and Papaya fruit out of polymer clay and painted them with acrylics. The previous two are attached to rods and sealed in place under protective glass. The box has been attached to her chest and hands using rods and is not removable.
Frida's skirt is made of deep red dupioni silk as is the pleated ivory part of her dress (machine and hand stitched). I used vintage lace at the base of her skirt that was given to me by my husband's Aunt. Frida is wearing an additional red silk skirt underneath with a red and cream colored Jacquard floral ribbon at the base of the skirt. Frida's stockings and shoes are painted black.
Baby , Frida's heart and Papaya sculpted from clay