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These two masks were inspired by artist Frida Kahlo’s painting, The Two Fridas (pictured in the last image.)

The painting is a self-portrait of two different personalities and was created shortly after her divorce to Diego Rivera. It is believed to be a painting depicting her deep hurt at losing her husband.

The Frida on the right, the one that Rivera still respects and loves, is the Mexican Frida in a colorful Tehuana dress. A European Frida in a lacy white Victorian wedding dress sits on the left of the painting; this is the Frida that was rejected and abandoned by Rivera. The hearts of the two women lie exposed, a device Frida often used to express her pain. The unloved Frida’s heart is broken while the other Frida’s heart is still whole. The loved Frida holds a small portrait of Rivera as a child. A vein connected to the amulet travels through both women’s hearts and is finally cut off by surgical pincers held in the lap of the rejected Frida. In despair, Frida tries to stop the flow of blood from Diego but it keeps dripping.

I used that concept to create these two Frida masks. The mask on the right is colorful and vibrant while the heart is healthy and burning with love. The veins are whole and supply the needs of the flourishing flowers. In contrast, the mask on the left is pale and drained. The heart is dark, bruised, and broken. The veins are cut, blood continues to drip, and the flowers are withering.
Both masks have a half of the amulet portrait signifying the severed connection. Birds are also a common theme in Frida’ s paintings. The bright green bird represents life and the Mexican dress while the white delicate bird represents sorrow and the European dress.

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