La Lacune (Frida Kahlo)

Dimensions46 cm x 66 cm x 25 cm
Materials Sandblasted glass, wood, brass and bronze
Collection Bill and Ellen Hamilton – Toledo, Ohio

This sculpture commission began as a discussion of the novel La Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. This historical fiction somewhat based in truth but with a writer’s liberty of expression and fact bending relates a story of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

A Lacune is a hole or void (French) and in this case the picture frame is that open space and the canvas becomes that which fills that void. Frida Kahlo painted herself on that canvas closing that opening and affirming her self image and her place as an equal to the great men who surrounded her.