Art historians aver and modern artists would concur her paintings are a visual feast inspired by the dreadful beast that consumed her from within. She painted it time and again. Her sketches were a handbook of pain of body and of love. The thorn, the arrow, the pierced heart— the years together and apart— her happiness oft on the wing prompts the cash register’s cha-ching more than sixty years since she finally set her spirit free, leaving part of her unfurled in paint, on canvas, for the world.
This is the piece I did for an exhibition in Mexico City honoring the 100th year since Frida’s birth. Its title is “Painterminable” (Pain, Painter Interminable.) I was very honored to be one of two non-Mexicans invited to exhibit. It coincided with a retrospective of her work. Sorry that my piece is so much larger than two of hers. I wanted to exhibit all three of her works as a gallery. Click on them to enlarge them.
Here are the eleven ladies and girls who participated in the Women’s Art Invitational in San Juan Cosala, along with the retablos they constructed. The show may be viewed for two more weeks, through February 5, Tuesday through Saturday from 10-2 and 4-8 at Isidro Xilonsochitl’s Gallery, Porfirio Diaz #120 in San Juan Cosalá, 1/2 block west of Viva Mexico.
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“Existencia” by Goretti Chavira
“Azul Marino” by Cristina G Sanchez
“Intratervenos “by Nora Rios
“Tejedora de Suenos” by Kany Garcia
“Cosecha de Flores” Tanya and Renanda Rameño Garcia
“Origen” by Yadira Rios
“Casa de Colores” by Ana Reyes
“El Despertar de la Matria” by Laura Chavez
“Pachamama” by Paloma Camarena
“Welcome to Tijuana” by Nancy Jimenez Diaz
All of the work was original and well-executed and it was a difficult job choosing, but below are the three winning entries.
The first tiny sculpture of a bear attached to a branch of driftwood is exactly as I found it on a branch on the beach. I haven’t colored or shaped it in any manner. Nature’s sculpture. The second photo is of a lamp made of elements found in nature by my husband, Bob Brown. The shade of handmade paper made from tree bark and liana was made by me.
This cheerful group of young ladies from San Juan Cosala visited me today to see my art boxes for inspiration for the ones they are creating for a competition I’m sponsoring.The show will be held a Isidro Xilonzochitl’s studio in San Juan on January 22. That’s Isidro in back.
These are the boxes with bases that I bought to give to the participants.They will need to add a back before creating their own response to the challenge.
Here are a few of the boxes they saw at my house. These are all by me. Click on photos to enlarge.
And here is another one by Belia Canals: Can’t wait to see what these young ladies plus the four women who couldn’t come today create for the January show. This will be the first in a series of challenges and workshops I hope to conduct this year.
This is one of the pieces I made for a Day of the Dead show at Jesus Lopez Vega’s Gallery in Ajijic opening on November 2, 2021 on Rio Zula, one block south of the Carretera. This piece is 20 inches high and 12 inches wide. It includes a miniature I made of an actual book entitled “Noche de Muerto en Michoacan, Muestratio Portico” that is sitting on the chair. Other offerings mentioned below are on the table, along with a photo of the dear departed.
Little Altars Everywhere
There’s no pleasing the likes of a departed soul. Take for instance the corpses out for a stroll on Day of the Dead with their garb all in shreds when other departed remain in their beds. They think they’re entitled to dead bread and beer, flowers and candles and when you come near, they’ll say they’re entitled to sweets and tamales. Once a year this is how they get their jollies. All over the city, we bring them their due, and when it comes your turn, we will bring it to you!
This duck came all the way across the lake to see us, hoping for crumbs. Sadly, we had none.
“D”etail of Long-tailed Darter
De Tail of Long-tailed Darter
Dressed-up Detritus Bird
Okay, I cheated a bit. Just no real doves or darters in my photo files. I made these detritus birds out of shells and a fruit crate that washed ashore during past years at the beach. Keeps me out of trouble.
I promised a couple of people that I’d show what is hidden inside some of the drawers in my studio. This is just one stack of many stacks of drawers. If you click on the photo, you can see details and the category for the drawer. Multiply this by twenty and you might get an idea of the number of objects in my studio. And that doesn’t include the beads. Crazy.
The first photo below shows why I have been spending so much time in the studio lately—best view in the house. Well, that and the fact that I’m campused with the rest of the world. The other photos show the general state of the environment within, including a bit of the work nearing completion. I’m having glass-fronted boxes made for all of the new retablos. It’s just too easy for kids (or grown kids) to pick things off when they are unprotected and unsupervised during shows.
Sascha Kronick Frowine is a friend who now lives in Asheville, North Carolina but who once lived in Ajijic and was a member of a monthly art group I belonged to. I miss the group and seeing her work, so was delighted when she decided to join in this project. Here is Sascha’s explanation of her piece:
After recovering from Covid 19 and Double Pneumonia mid March to early April, I realized that I needed to adjust my attitude if I was going to survive and thrive during the multitude of crisis in 2020. Focusing on Gratitude seemed like a good place to start. I took a bit of artistic license being in the states and not exchanging the same items you did in Mexico. The outside of the box represents the worldwide pandemic and the inside is where I choose to put my focus on…besides voting in November and getting rid of 45! All the words that I am grateful for are in Spanish as I continue to improve my Spanish every chance I have. The flowers are all from Ajijic. The little cards all fit in the container behind the smiling girl. A few things I’m grateful for are the gift of time, Steve, my husband, our dogs, music, my flute, the birds in our yard, our garden, books and many more. I’ve spent most of my time recently teaching Yoga and Pilates . This Caja de Gratitud is a good start for beginning to create again! Thanks for this challenge, Judy!