Rites of Passage: Under Frida's Spell
Made for the "Staples" challenge on the quiltart list-my first challenge effort. While musing over how to incorporate staples, I thought about the use of both stitches and staples in surgery, then the emotional context of mending a broken heart--using staples and stitches to symbolically heal the wounds. Then I went to the Mexican Modernism exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, where I saw for the first time Frida Kahlo's paintings, which are replete with Latin mysticism and overt sexuality. My mind made an intuitive leap: what was the chastity belt but a way to staple women shut?
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Sarah Ann Smith
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