Identity, person psychologicalArt can be a reflection of our own identity; it reflects our feelings, our beliefs, our thoughts, how we behave and our characteristics. It can be said that every artist, intended or not, leaves their own thoughts, feelings and personal ideologies in their artwork. There are many ways and concepts to show identity through art, one being personal psychological. Personal psychological is the mental or emotional framework used to create a piece of art. Personal Psychological is the contextual framework I have chosen to explore and analyze throughout this assignment.
I am going to draw upon two different artists from different cultures and timeframes and analyze the extent in which they both have shown notions of the personal psychological contextual framework in their art. The two artists I have chosen to analyze are Frida Kahlo and Cindy Sherman.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a self-taught Mexican painter from the small town of Coyoacan. Throughout her life she had constant struggles, pain and suffering, which would later be reflected in her artwork. On September 17th 1992, Kahlo was riding on a bus when the vehicle crashed into a trolley car, she suffered serious injuries from this accident, including spinal injuries, broken ribs and pelvis, and a pierced abdomen and uterus. This seriously damaged her reproductive ability and had a massive effect on her life and her art. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Frida_Kahlo) Kahlo is well known for her harsh revealing self-portraits, and shows her thoughts through fantasy, by using symbols in her artwork.
One of the artworks by Kahlo that shows a deep concept of psychological identity is The Two Fridas (see appendix one). This Self-portrait was painted shortly after her divorce with partner Diego Rivera, and depicts two different personalities through two different portraits. She says, It records the emotions surrounding her separation and marital crisis. (http://www.fridakahlofans.com/c0290.htm) On the right side is a traditional Mexican style Frida, wearing a colourful native Mexican Tehuana costume it shows a part of Frida that was loved by Diego, the Mexican Frida. In her hand she holds an amulet, with a portrait of Diego inside. On the left hand side of the artwork is Frida dressed in a European-style lace dress, this is the side of Frida that Diego deserted. The two figures sit hand in hand, their hearts visible and also connected. Frida often used hearts to symbolize pain, and in the European Frida you can see the heart is broken, while the Mexican Fridas heart remains whole. The clouds are agitated and give a feeling of distress, as she holds her own hand it shows that she is on her own, and she is her only friend.
All these symbols reflect Fridas self-concept and self-esteem, depicting how she sees herself and her thoughts and feelings towards her divorce. These devices she has used to reflect her self concept and self esteem is through the use of the Personal...