The international BRAFA Art Fair 2019 is thrilled to welcome new exhibitor Gallery Sophie van de Velde (26 January - 3 February). The gallery makes quite an entrance at Tour & Taxis Brussels, presenting an outright eye-catcher at their booth 18d: Frida Kahlo's 'Life and Pain in Plaster Corset with a Hammer and Sickle'.
Frida’s Plaster Corset with a Hammer and Sickle tells a fascinating, multi-faceted story, a story of a painful life lived undefeated, a life lost and a chapter of history. Painted by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), it is a tridimensional piece that alludes to the broken state of her body, while offering social commentary on events both historical and personal. The painting includes metaphors for the baby she lost, as well as the Communist Party and the Revolution, Frida’s “only real reason to live.”
Frida Kahlo is a remarkable woman who is remembered for her personal struggle and extraordinary life as much as for her vibrant and intimate artwork. Plagued by illness since youth, she suffered a near-fatal bus accident at age 18 that damaged her spinal column and fractured her pelvis, confining her to bed for months and leaving her with lifelong complications.
Frida’s Plaster Corset with a Hammer and Sickle was used by Frida during her confinement at the Hospital Ingles in 1950 after surgery. The color has faded from regular wear and tear, but Frida's bodily imprint is clearly visible on the inside, showing her belly button and breasts, along with dirt caused by sweat and months of wear. Painting the corset after the plaster was applied to her body, she used a mirror to see her drawing whilst prostrated in bed.
BRAFA Art Fair 2019: 26 January - 3 February, Tour & Taxis Brussels.