Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. Mexican culture and tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”. Frida rejected the “surrealist” label; she believed that her work reflected more of her reality than her dreams.
The title wall for Frida Kahlo’s exhibit exposes the duality of Frida’s personality. She is commonly represented as a strong and independent woman, but she deeply suffered throughout her life physically and emotionally. This title wall exhibits Frida as an individual and vunerable woman through the use of capital and lower case “i”.