Destination / In Residence

Frida Kahlo: The Construction of Self

Frida Kahlo Self-portrait with monkeys 1943 (detail); The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art © 2016 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF. Acme Photo Diego and Frida in NYC 1933 (detail). Courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc.

I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
– Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo painted herself, she said, because she was the subject she knew best. In doing so, she revealed it all – her innermost thoughts and feelings and the pain for which art was her remedy. On October 1 the School of Life, Sydney, is delving into the work of Frida Kahlo and the notion of constructing self in a panel discussion at the Art Gallery of New South Wales – where a selection of Kahlo’s work is currently housed. Get on down there and expand your reality.