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Collage portrait of Frida Kahlo in gold, tan, and brown colors, created by recycling a variety of paper products
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(oil painting on cardboard, 9X14, 2009)

"Golden Kahlo"

I've been trying to decipher a strange connection I feel to Frida Kahlo for years, until I finally realized that my feeling couldn't be truly rationalized just as any other lure of the heart. However, what I did figure out is that as a woman artist I'm slightly jealous of Kahlo's infamous ability to proudly display her martyrdom in her art.

I often see the world in black in white; I see people as either fighters or wimps. I believe that people themselves are the ones to choose which category they will fall into. Paraphrasing Confucious' statement about becoming a superior man I believe that if one wants to become a fighter all one needs is to make a decision to be one. A fighter is somebody who'll survive any situation life throws at him and won't complain about it. A wimp could fall apart from a slightest misfortune. I've tried both of these roles and realized early on that I don't want to be a wimp. I hated being pitied or even seen as somebody in the need of pity.

I chose to become a fighter and I try to bring forth my personal philosophy into my art. I rarely want to display my weaknesses in my art. As a general rule, I don't feel like painting when I'm sad. I don't want to have a constant reminder of some sad moment hanging on my wall. I don't want to be remembered as someone weak. I don't let myself to be weak. I come from a long line of strong women and I feel that if I were to fall apart I would betray their legacy and disappoint their souls.

Only once in a while I allow myself to wonder what it would feel like to be a weak woman in need of care and protection and if I were really honest with myself I would probably admit that it might not be all that bad…

"I grew old in a few seconds, and now everything is bland and flat. I know that there is nothing else, because if there were, I would see it."
Frida Kahlo

"...and as I see it, the most important thing in Gringoland is to be ambitious and to become "somebody," and, to be honest, I don't have even the slightest ambition to become anyone."
Frida Kahlo