The portrait art of Frida Kahlo and Cindy Sherman reveal depths of the feminine psyche in each comparable and contrasting kinds. This dominant theme of the picture of ‘lady’ prevails by way of each artists’ works. Sherman makes use of her very self and physique disguised in her pictures whereas Kahlo paints photographs of her self. Each of their self-portraits illustrate numerous expressions of ladies’s self picture vacillating between the sensual, the painful, and the grotesque, for essentially the most half. This fascination with utilizing the girl’s physique and self picture appears to be a prop itself hiding a visceral humanness, a generally unstable nature dwelling beneath a superficial layer of symbols. Each artists’ works present a variety of intense feelings as the feminine is proven as: demure, seductive, devilish, haughty, weak, controlling, unhappy, indignant, resentful, distraught, and scared.
Just a few of the works converse of peace and happiness equivalent to a few of Frida’s portraits the place her eyes look a bit extra restful, as a substitute of the same old tight, penetrating gaze. The feminine complexity exhibits within the crafted Sherman scenes, particularly within the positioning of her physique, temper of the surroundings and lighting, plus the ‘elsewhere’ seems in her eyes. In Kahlo’s art, the eyes additionally very powerfully present completely different feelings together with different components and symbols within the image. The best way that Sherman portrays girls stereotypes leads you right into a retro dream world the place the girl within the artwork is assuming her ‘position’ and never preventing in opposition to it. Among the photos give the picture of submissive give up in opposition to one’s will, whereas, Kahlo’s art appears to point out an try to interrupt free from private confinements of emotional and bodily ache. Each artists’ works venture each common and private which means for ladies normally by way of their use of symbolism. Sherman’s work evolves into extra chilly sexuality as seen within the dismembered model sequence, whereas Kahlo’s work stayed extra sensual than sexual.
The massive distinction is that Sherman’s art is images and Kahlo’s is painting and drawing. Sherman makes use of actual life props to re-create actuality whereas Kahlo paints in additional of a magic realism the place actuality and surrealism merge. Sherman herself isn’t revealed in her work as she is saved hidden behind her props and wigs, but Frida appears to be so uncovered in her gutsy self-portraits staring proper on the viewer that she is something however hidden from the viewer, aside from beneath strokes of paint. Sherman makes use of loads of black and white, and a few coloration, however her coloration ranges appear muted and Kahlo’s work are composed of largely vibrant colours. Lots of Frida Kahlo’s portraits are composed in a extra conventional format posed from the waist up, whereas Cindy Sherman’s stills are at all times of her averting her gaze someplace off within the distance, or to some unseen a part of the image.
Each artists are telling a narrative by way of symbolism and thriller that compels one to look extra deeply into the complexity of the art. In Sherman’s pictures you surprise what has occurred, or what will occur, or what time interval it’s, as you observe her posture, facial features, clothes, angle of planes, centered lighting and environment. In Kahlo’s work and drawings you surprise what a number of the symbols imply, whereas some are apparent, some should not. I believe that the nebulous feminine portrayals in each of the artists’ works allow the viewer to derive private which means in accordance with how they’ll relate to the symbolism, or not.