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JAN ABS Frida Necklace

This neckpiece with colors and peacock feathers echoing those of the Art Bead Scene's January Challenge piece - is made with polymer clay focal beads strung together using polymer, semi-precious, and glass beads. Focal beads include sculpted hollow organic pieces as well as millefiori images. The millefiori technique developed by and unique to this artist allows for very fine lines and details. Each focal bead is made of clay which is treated with metal leaf, stained with alcohol inks, and adorned with nearly translucent millefiori canes including Frida Kahlo’s face, dragon fly and monarch wings, peacock feathers and wispy white feathers.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907-1954), a renowned Mexican artist, was passionate about her heritage and about nature in general. Her art was her solace as she painted her way through horrendous difficulties including physical pain and debilitation, the death of loved ones including her own baby and an unfaithful and unrepentant husband.

In this piece the artist acknowledges Frida’s passion for life and her yearning to overcome difficulties. Frida’s hauntingly beautiful yet tormented eyes peak out from among organic shapes and feathery images. It celebrates her ability to fly above the troubles that tormented her.


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Taken on November 18, 2012