FRIDA / GEORGIA by Amanda Laurel Atkins

October 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – November 27, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Coffee and Cotton
250 Jackson St
Lowell, MA 01852
Kaitlyn Crockett
FRIDA / GEORGIA by Amanda Laurel Atkins @ Coffee and Cotton | Lowell | Massachusetts | United States
October 31st – November 27th, 2018
by Amanda Laurel Atkins
Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe: two extraordinary women who stood out among mid-century America’s male-dominated art scene. Despite their vastly different outward personalities, the two shared an electric spirit that saw them through times of hardship, illness, and adversity. This fire within drew inspiration from nature. For Frida, it was a spiritual connectedness to animals: deer, monkeys, birds, and dogs. Similarly, Georgia was sustained by the beauty of the land that surrounded her.
I’ve long been a lover of Frida Kahlo. At age 32, I have known of her and admired her for half my life now. Her watercolor-illustrated journals, self portraits, colorful way of dress, and love of animals provide endless fodder for my imagination. In recent years, I began to take more notice of Georgia O’Keeffe. Her ability to capture the beauty of the land in a unique light and her minimal way of dressing and decorating have inspired my recent work a great deal. This past summer, I got to visit her Abiquiu home in New Mexico. I came back full of inspiration, some of which you’ll see here in this show.
FRIDA/GEORGIA is a mix of new and old work; new work that more intentionally draws inspiration from these two women, and old work created when they were subtle muses – always around me in my studio, peeking out from postcards, art prints, and books to help me work.