The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

For Frida, With Love

5 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

In the world we live in today, we often fall into our own little bubble. We don’t take notice of the people or cultures around us, instead focusing just on ourselves. But the “Frida Kahlo: Foundation of Inspiration” exhibit at the Art Forum of Waco reminded me that there is so much diversity all around me.

You can’t deny the Hispanic influence in Waco. From the papusas that Alba’s Papusas shares each Saturday at the Waco Farmer’s Market to the delicious tortillas at Tortilleria Santana, Waco is blooming with Hispanic culture. And now this Frida Kahlo inspired exhibit is making sure that our art reflects that.

No matter what your knowledge of art or Frida Kahlo is, this exhibit is engaging and beautiful and truly makes you think both about history and the cultures that affect our own communities.

Frida Kahlo has been an inspiration to artists for years. Her self-portraits are known far and wide, even by those of us who aren’t as familiar with art (myself included). With bold colors and her signature eyebrows, Frida’s work makes a statement. And so does the new work at the Art Forum of Waco.

At the exhibit, portraits of Frida abound in a variety of styles. Some feature dark colors, some are bright and fun. Recreations of Frida’s classic works have a new spin on them, and a portrait of Frida holding the Mexican flag is proudly displayed. There’s even a cow with a unibrow and a flower crown that is obviously inspired by Frida.

A diverse group of artists have their works on display. Artists from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Venezuela all drew inspiration from Frida in order to create their beautiful work. And it brings me joy to see people finding inspiration from a common figure, no matter where they’re from.

Waco has been influenced by so many people and so many cultures, and it’s vital that we take a step back and remember that.

Stand back, smell the roses on your flower crown and enjoy some artwork.

“Frida Kahlo: Foundation of Inspiration” will run until August 5. The Art Forum of Waco is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.