I am sitting in a lovely little hostel in the Coyoacan region of Mexico City... it is my birthday today and the first time I get to a pc. Obviously it would take me all night and a few days to relay my experiences of Mexico, so I will take the time to type out my diary entries over the next few weeks, and add images and doodles of my adventures. But, to now, what brings me here... Frida Kahlo. The woman, the legend, the artist and the fighter. The lover and the tormented. My passion for Frida started many years ago, and possibly because - like many - I dismissed much of her artwork because I never understood it. I have spent about ten years, revisiting her work, her life story and I feel I am just beginning to understand this extraordinary woman who was.
Starting four weeks ago, I set out to Mexico City, and on day one, I hopped in an overpriced tourbus which slowly worked its way towards the Coyoacan region, where Frida grew up, and spent much of her adult life. I was given a direct order, 1 hour, and then we move on. I studied Frida and Diego Riveria's dwellings with awe and so much more appreciation than I had expected. The beautiful garden, the wonderful studio that has windows to let in natural light all throughout. Reference books, paints, easels... her deathbed, it was overwhelming.
On that day, I vowed to return to Frida's home - The Blue House, built by her father - and here I am, three weeks later... I have every intention to take in the Rivera|Kahlo dwellings, visit the galleries they frequented, and have a day to draw and paint in this beautiful garden. No tours, no busses, not more markets, just Frida and me.
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.