Monday, January 3, 2011

The Artists' Daughter (altered book spread)

For the altered book round robin in which I participate, I needed to create a spread for a book called "The Artist's Daughter." I changed it a bit and began with this page and the thought, "If I were the artists' daughter,".  When you flip up the baby portrait (painted by Frida Kahlo), it reveals this two page spread:
The journaling reads: "These two would be my parents, I think. Diego Rivera with his political art for the working class.  Frida Kahlo with her color palette and symbols of Mexico." Diego Rivera painted the pictures of the hands on the right.  Kahlo created the rest.  I kept the background bright and fairly simple.  You turn the page to find this two page spread:
The journaling continues:  "But that could never be, of course.  But I can still honor their work, as if I was the artists' daughter."  The picture of Frida on the left flips down and there's some more journaling: "We have other things in common.  Poor Frida could not bear a child.  Nor could I."  The woman on the right was painted by Diego Rivera.  All other art work was done by Kahlo.  I know the journaling is a bit emotional and personal, but those are two things that I have always admired about the artwork of both Rivera and Kahlo.

If you were "the artist's daughter" or "the artists' daughter," who would the artist(s) be?

7 comments:

helena said...

Rinda this is stunning. i love how you flipped the theme - what an interesting question - I will ponder it this week.

Karen said...

Fascinating question and beautiful pages. At first I thought that might be an impossible question for me to answer, but I think, like Helena, "I'll ponder it this week."

laurie said...

so beautiful and thought provoking. i love how you portrayed these artists and your connection to them as a couple. i will be thinking about this post all day.

Sian said...

Fascinating! In answer to your question - I have no idea. Yet. But I'm going to enjoy thinking about it.

scrappyjacky said...

Wonderful pages,Rinda....though I have no answer to the queation...it's a fascinating thought though.

humel said...

Wow, this is amazing work! I can't answer the question either lol - though maybe one of my parents would have to be Escher, because of my mathematical side?

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I LOVE your altered book spread. I have always admired Friday since I first learned about her in college. Her emotional strength and perseverance.

I've never thought of whom my parents would be as an artistic person, I guess I never really considered myself artistic...I've just recently started exploring that side of me. I've always been fascinated with art, ever since I can remember. I'll have to really think about this one, I'm not sure who my parents would be....I do remember as a child wanting to be the daughter of a famous golfer, Arnold Palmer...but that's a whole different story, hehe.