250 x 200 cm
Charcoal & oil on canvas
Why Frida? The Balinese identity presents vaguely through lines that pile up on the face portrait of this Mexican iconic artist. Yes, besides that identity there is a hidden thing behind Frida’s face which for Gus Purwa is a fire lighter that can awaken his confidence as an artist. Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907-1954) is known as an artist who has strong confidence to put her own portrait on her canvas and the authentic thing about her is that she has always been a symbol of nationalist and is attached to the evolutive Mexican culture from the Indian tribe tradition. Quoting Frida “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” Frida was pictured using a Baris dance crown, Balinese soldier icon implies dexterity. Reading Frida made Gus Purwa be more confident by bringing back figures as well as his own portrait, he believes with the honest attitude in working like Frida’s spirit which is physically limited, but still put her own portrait because only we ourselves know our true selves.