Thinking About Death In The Reflecting Pool, By Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 and passed away in 1954, at the age of 47. Throughout her life she had many struggles and health problems; she had polio at the age of 6, almost died at the age of 18 in a traffic accident, and at the age of 25, suffered from a horrific abortion. Her husband Diego Rivera cheated on her three years later with her sister leaving her heartbroken and divorced for two years until they remarried with a dis harmonised marriage. At the age of 37 Kahlo began experiencing a disheartening pain through her right leg and foot that had to be amputated. Kahol had 35 surgeries throughout her life and developed an addiction to alcohol and painkillers.
“Thinking About Death” is an artwork created by Kahlo in 1943, she created
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The artwork evokes the meaning of birth, death, time, human consciousness, baptism and it also links to violas psychological experience as a child. During the beginning of the film a man standing naked near the pool contemplates then decides to leap into the water, this links to when viola jumped into a lake as a child, this traumatic experience has been endeavored into majority of viola’s works as it was a crucial event in his life, he often describes it as “I jumped in, plunged under, and within an instant I was in the completely magical world of colour.” During the video the man slowly freezes, floating above the water then turns into the shape of a fetus resembling a new form life then disappears into the distance over time. The film took two years to develop and has been shown in galleries worldwide expressing viola’s perceptions and his personal experiences in the subjective video, He utilizes video to explore the wonders of sense recognition as a road to self-knowledge. Viola as an artist has always been investigating new ways to manipulate the viewer’s perception based around people, captivating physical environments and human

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