Frida Kahlo was a self-taught painter whose work encompassed a visceral reality. Her self-portraits narrate physical, emotional and cultural elements of her experience and identity with a boldness and honesty that draws the viewer in.
Stood between two contrasting worlds, Kahlo depicts a Mexico of ancient, ancestral and agricultural roots, against an increasingly modern and industrialised USA where nature is mechanised and controlled.
One of a series of self-portraits with a monkey, both subjects’ dark eyes stare at the viewer. A blood red coloured ribbon loosely ties the two as the monkey holds on to the strong stance of the artist, highlighted against a canvas of dark green leaves.