Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter and cultural figure. Frida endured physical pain throughout her life as a result of childhood polio and a trolley accident in which she was gravely injured at age 18. Frida began painting as a way to pass time while she was confined to her bed in the months after the accident. Frida primarily painted self portraits. Her paintings depicted womens' experiences in ways that were not seen in most media. Because of this, she has been heralded as a feminist icon. Frida sought to be an anti-capitalist revolutionary and was involved in Communist parties and causes throughout her life. Proceeds from the sale of this candle benefit Sins Invalid, a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
From her studio in Philadelphia, PA, Robin Markle designs, prints, and pours Flaming Idols candles. She chooses people as subjects who have been influential or inspirational to her and her friends. Each candle comes with an informational card with facts about the idol and suggestions for what types of guidance you might ponder when lighting the votive.
According to Robin, you might light this candle and look to Frida for inspiration and guidance in: carrying on the revolutionary spirit, art as transformation, honoring the body as a site of trauma and reclamation.
- Designer: Robin Markle for Flaming Idols
- Country of Design: United States
- Materials: Glass and soy wax
- Measurements: H 2.5" W 2"