Tag Archives: Frida Kahlo

cultural appropriation, yes or no?

Perennial concerns about cultural appropriation seem to be heightened in today’s political climate. I often think we might be focused on the semantics too much and too little on the intentions or the artistic expression. If one takes some aspect of a culture that is not one’s own, simply to exploit by appropriating, that’s shameful. But… Intelligent people have always appropriated. […]


power and vulnerability?

I once had a boss who had two sheros: Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe. Darkness and light, fragmentation and wholeness, hard and soft in both of them. Interesting, right? Well to me, that describes most women. Kahlo’s art work was once described as a “ribbon around a bomb.” If you know anything about Kahlo’s art and life you know how apt […]