Sonia Ruiz – Artist style #1

My chosen artist is Frida Kahlo.  Of course it’s Frida Kahlo, I love her artwork and everything from Mexico.  Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was a Mexican painter born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, Mexico City, Mexico and died on July 13, 1954 at the age of 47.   She is known for her self portraits, pain, passion and bold and vibrant colors.  She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form. Out of her 143 paintings about 55 are self portraits.

Frida’s  paintings often feature root imagery, with the roots growing out of her body to tie her to the ground.  This reflects in a positive sense the theme of personal growth; in a negative sense of being trapped in a particular place, time no situation; and in an ambiguous sense of how memories of the past influence the present for good and/or ill. I used Fridas “Self portrait, dedicated to Dr. Eloesser – 1940” as inspiration for my Steam Punk Frida composition.

Materials:  Hand dyed cotton bed linen, commercial fabric, photo transfer, raw edge appliqué, 3D raw edge organza flower and dress top, gears connected by copper wire, thread painting, free motion quilted leaf shapes, acrylic paints,  inktense pencils, sharpie, ribbon, lace trim, rat tails cording to look like copper wiring representing roots, machine embroidery on earring and writing transfer pages from her journal.

Detail views:

Self Portrait, Dedicated to Dr Eloesser – 1940

  1. I am not at all surprised that you have chosen Frida as your artist ,she suits your style of work so well. I love this Steam Punk version.

  2. I agree with Caro, it is a beautiful quilt I think a lot of love went into your design and stitiching. bravo

  3. Chantal Guillermet

    Not surprised at all by your choice ! your interpretation is beautiful !

  4. I am sure Frida would love your interpretation just as much as I do. iI is hilarious that you transformed her usual flowers into a steampunk interpretation. I love how you had the roots coming out of her hart, it is so Frida! A beautiful piece of work with so much detail in it. I keep looking at it. Fabulous.

  5. Your love for Mexico and her symbolism always emerges. You could only choose Frida as your Artist, a woman who loved her country very much and always kept her roots. Your Steampunk version is fantastic. Great start for your series. Bravo!

  6. Totally in awe of this amazing quilt. The beautiful coloring, the roots coming out of her heart, the look in her eyes. I keep looking at it and discovering new things. Love your steam punk version. It was clear to all of us that you would chose Frida, it fits you like a glove. Can’t wait to see your next piece. Wonderful!

  7. A brilliant interpretation. There is so much detail here and you have used a fascinating range of materials to achieve this. I particularly like the colours and stitching in the background leaves.

  8. Lovely work with so many details that express your love for Frida Kahlo. I love your colors and admire your stitching

  9. Khalo’s pictures are strong and imposing and you have reflected this perfectly in your design. I love the details you have added to the portrait to give it a distinctive air, and the colours and stitching are beautiful. A lovely piece and I look forward to the next one

  10. So much already said about your interpretation of Frida Kahlo that I don’t have much to add. I love Frida’s work and your interpretation is just wonderful. I love how you managed to add more to her portrait than the original image has My BRAVO goes to you, Sonia

  11. Bravo for combining steam punk with Frida, good job!

  12. Of course Frida Kahlo. I love how you executed this piece. Good use of different techniques and materials.

  13. Verz interesting interpretation of Frida Kahloąs stzle and vibes. Great job!

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