27″ x 33″, acrylic on canvas, 2007

Created for a Day of the Dead offering at Michigan State University Museum in 2007 celebrating Frida Kahlo’s 100th birthday, “Frida in Mictlan” is inspired by Kahlo’s “The Two Fridas.” “Frida in Mictlan” sees Frida’s “twin” not as the brokenhearted woman abandoned by Diego Rivera, but as Coatlicue, the Aztec goddess of the Underworld, the giver and destroyer of life. The Aztec rising star in the background is seen as a flower of renewal, a sacred cave dwelling, a womb of transformation.