Every year, I post something around this time, to honor artist-icon Frida Kahlo and her birthday (July 6).
Artist: Frances Perea
Last year’s post, was about going to the Mission to see the new documentary of her years in San Francisco. I posted some of my favorite photos to commemorate her life with favorite quotes.
The Year before- I posted a very cool video showing Frida in her world; a day in the life.
This year, I want to see Frida through artists’ eyes. So I’m asking several guest artists to talk about Frida as they see her, as they channel her~ her life’s experience and work~through and into their own art. I’ll be posting a few artists’ work in the next week.
We begin with Frances Perea, an artist whom I discovered on Etsy (the global market place these days for art and artisan hand-crafted artworks.) Everyday on Etsy, is a day to discover new photographers, sculptors, painters, collage artists, clothing and jewelery designers, you name it- from all ends of the globe. And the community just keeps growing. I love seeing all countries represented, in all genres imaginable. Crazy inspiring.
Artist Frances Perea: What I love about her work- it is bright, symbolic, colorful, meaningful, accessible coolness- the way, it seems, that Frida would have appreciated it too.
Tara: Hi Frances~ I was very happy the day I discovered your art on Etsy. Thank you this interview. I’d like to start by asking, how you see Frida and how does she move through your work?”
Frances: “My depictions of Frida are generally fun and light-hearted. She was someone who lived life with zest after all. I think she would have found great amusement at our devotion to her. Occasionally I delve into the more serious side of Frida’s life, searching for an interpretation of her wounded heart as in my depiction called “Aqui Me Ahogo, Y Tu?”
Frances: “What inspires me most about Frida is the fierce tenacity she had for life in spite of the many difficult challenges she was faced with and had to live with. She was a living breathing work of art expressed in her dress, hair, jewelry, paintings and the way in which she opened her heart to those fortunate to have been in her circle of friends and family. She was also someone who was not afraid to speak her mind.”
Tara: I like your words “fierce tenacity”. This is one thing I appreciate in so much art of Frida: certain features may show or symbolize a starkness or edginess- like her work- but it is so often juxtaposed in the bright colors of the Mexican culture; colors of celebration. This is what I cannot get enough of, in contemporary art that is influenced by Frida’s life.
Tara: What is your favorite Frida Quote?
Frances: “My favorite Frida quote:
“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”
Tara: Wow. Beautiful. What is new in your shop and in your creative endeavors soon on the horizon?
Frances: “The art I create currently featuring Frida, takes the form of paper doll collages.
There is more to see at Frances’ Perea’s art shop here on Etsy– check her out: her evocative works are uplifting, compelling, and the prices are quite reasonable. They all make for great gifts.