Frida Kahlo is a very famous Mexican female artist. That’s why I choose her art work “My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree) from my visit to the Museum of Modern Art. In this picture you can see more than just her family tree. She paints the left side with mountains and a desert, representing her mother’s Mexican origin. On the right she paints the ocean representing her father’s German-Jewsish origin. All tied up with a drawing of her as a child and what I would assume is the home she grew up in.
In the poems we read this week, like “Afro-Latina”, “Chicanismo”, and “Legal Alien”, we heard and read the struggles of being from two different cultures. The artist’s feeling like they had to be ashamed of being Latino that they would become Americanized. Or just felt like they didn’t fit in with one or the other. So in Frida Kahlo’s art work we can see that she is proud of her roots. That she shows that she can be from two different cultures. That we don’t have to be embarrassed to show where we come from. But on the contrary be proud that we know why we look a certain way or where we come from. I learned while viewing this painting that she painted it after Adolf Hitler passed the Nuremberg laws. Which prohibited interracial marriage. So by her painting her family she is showing that she is proud of the decision her ancestors did of defying the law so she could be born and continue her family’s culture.
So in conclusion I feel like instead of feeling like I do not belong with one set culture I should be proud of who I am, just like Frida and Elizabeth from ¨Afro-Latina¨- ¨asta la muerte¨, till death.