Frida Kahlo: Trauma, Abjection, and Affect

Artworks: The Wounded Deer

The Wounded Deer (1946) represented the disappointment Kahlo felt after getting her hopes up that her operation in New York would be a success and cure her of her pain. Unfortunately, she suffered with pain and depression when she returned to Mexico where she painted a young deer fatally wounded by arrows. In the background, there is some sky with lightning which could symbolise hope, however being surrounded by dead trees and broken branches – as well as being fatally wounded – the deer symbolises fear and desperation, and her loss of hope knowing that she will never be able to change her fate. 

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