Bad Hair Day
Size: 24in x 36in x 2in
Mixed media with vintage banknotes and antique newsprint on clear block, resin finish and custom walnut frame.
BNS’s Frida Kahlo with Medusa hair symbolizes pain and ways of dealing with it, since Frida felt a lot of physical pain throughout her life and the snakes are used as a symbol of healing and protection in many cultures. Apart from physical pain, Frida dealt with a lot of drama, being constantly misunderstood when pushing social and gender boundaries (that’s why she is carrying a cigarette behind her ear, not a very typical thing to do for a woman back then) or her toxic relationship with Diego Rivera, hence the tattoos “Love Kills” and “Mi Vida Loca” (which translates to English as “My crazy life”), which is a common Mexican prison tattoo. Among other references to Mexican culture there are some skeleton silkscreens that represent “El Dia de los Muertos” (The Day of the Dead). In the background of the work there are authentic Russian Banknotes and handcrafted paper from the USSR, giving a hint about the link that Frida and Diego had with the communist ideology.
Project: Dissociative Identity