Frida is most famous for her self portraits. A self portrait is when an artist paints them self and nothing more. They’ll look in the mirror, or at a photo of their themselves, and they’ll paint and paint. Sometimes these paintings help discover new things about someone or show the world in a new way.
The accident she was in was scary. Frida was riding a tram car when a trolley hit it. She broke her spinal column, collarbone, and pelvis. Her right leg was broke in 11 places and her right foot was crushed. She had to be in a body cast for three months to heal. Not fun! She couldn’t move and was in a lot pain while she waited to get better. It was then that she discovered painting. Her mom made her a special easel to paint from bed, that is how her painting career began.
Frida’s self-portraits show her in her back brace, her wheelchair, her beautiful Mexican clothing and much more. They also show the pan she went through after her accident. I love that Frida wasn’t ashamed of her disability or felt like she had to hide it in her art. Although she did get better and was able to walk again, she stuck to painting for the rest of her life.
Matt Sesow began creating art in 1993 as a reaction to being hit by an airplane that amputated his dominant hand when he was a child. For the past 20 years, Sesow has used a variety of little icons in his paintings to help tell the story of his trauma and lifetime successes. Icons such as bunnies, birds, teacups, and teeth surrounded by bright red lips all help to tell the ongoing stories from the mind and experiences of Matt Sesow. Sesow has exhibited in galleries around the world and is part of the inventory of several outsider and naive art collectors.