Monday, October 20, 2008

Chick Art, Vol. II

This is a subject I am fond of. Last week I promised more on this subject. See previous post here. I guess I should backtrack a little - Chick Art is art featuring chicks or done by chicks that appeals to the feminine psyche. It's a little cute, and a little creepy too. In my previous post, I quote Merriam Webster's definition of creepy. "That which produces a shivery anticipation." Good chick art has just the right amount of creepiness to offset the cuteness, rendering the work more edgy and complex. Just like a sexy, mysterious woman.

Probably the first, and most famous, artist to produce this type of work is Frida Kahlo. Ruthlessly unapologetic and biographic, her art speaks to the soul of feminist artists.

Images from OCAIW.

Frida said that she painted self-portraits the most because she knew herself the most. Through these remarkable portraits of agony, passion and longing, Frida has rendered herself an icon in the contemporary art world. Many contemporary artists paint Frida's image, lovingly paying homage to her very recognizable brow. The contemporary artists tend to create cuter images, but maintaining just the right amount of creepiness.

Artist Mara Cardenas Ruz (aka Lunara) is one artist who creates fascinating, loving images of Frida.

I adore these! What a fine tribute to Frida. Love the big eyes. Cute, but complex. My favorite is the blue one. I would love to have it. Even more than that, I wish I'd painted it. You simply must check out her other art, it is sublime. Mara's flickr set is here, her blog is here and her Etsy shop is here. Oh and Mara - Amelie is my favorite movie too!

Charming Frida collage by Heather Sleightholm of Audrey Eclectic. Heather's flickr set is here, Etsy shop is here, and her blog is here.

Viva Frida! The Frida in Heaven Series by Bethann Shannon available at Etsy.

Frida paintings by Tascha. Her Etsy shop is here and her blog is here.

Tomorrow we will look at the queen of creepy. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Heather said...

aw, thanks for your kind words about my art!~


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