Inspired by a Stranger
This little linocut portrait was inspired, carved and painted because of my admiration for the lovely Frida. I’ve been fascinated by her face and style of dress for over a decade. I don’t know what it’s like to march to an individual and wholly different drummer the way she did. I suspect that her courage came in the same envelope as the pain and tragedies of her youth. Similar flavors of childhood history sent me scrambling for cover and safety, but she chose a spicy panache of personal style, autobiographical art with a message and often a gut-punch, and creative visibility. I find that fascinating; the woman, more than her art, has always tussled my imagination.
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Art QuoteWhen Mark Rothko used tempera, he would follow a procedure that has existed since the Renaissance, separating dozens of eggs, and beating the whites into a consistency close to that of a soufflé. Those few friends who saw Rothko perform this rite were delighted by the bulky Balzacian figure, with large hands, delicately transferring yolk after yolk, from half shell to half shell. The Legacy of Mark Rothko – Lee Seldes