So, I finished with my Frida series.
When I first started doing the daily rt I would obsess over the consistency in the series. Okay, let me step back- if you don't know me, obsessing over little things is kinda my jam. I had a bit of a chaotic childhood, some instability, some trauma...I won't get into it all but I know that the adult version of myself finds comfort in order and sameness as result of how I grew up. I just accept it and try to make it work for me...except when it doesn't.
I would in my mind insist that the sizes of my pieces had to be the same, the materials had to be the same. Was there a narrative element in the works? If so- they had to be in order...show a progression...at least to me.
And then, I don't know how many years in I realized that it was okay if sizes and materials change. I gave myself permission to have more fun and explore my theme...and I think that has made me happier with the results.
When I first started the Frida series, my intention was to translate her into fashion illustrations. But that soon fell to the wayside- I felt pulled to portraits based on her own focus on her (self) portraits.
I incorporated her words from the diary...until I stopped doing that.
I sanded the surface until I didn't anymore.
I used spray paint and stencils...except when I didn't.
And in the end, the series ended very much different from it began, painterly portraits of Frida. I am sure I will revisit her again at some point, she is always with me in spirit.
Here is the complete series;
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