Frida Kahlo: Trauma, Abjection, and Affect

Artworks: What the Water Gave Me

In Frida Kahlo: Pain and Passion, Kettenman captions What the Water Gave Me (1938) as a symbolic artwork that depicts Kahlo’s life as well as a work that integrates small details from her previous works. This could be considered a collage of all that she has done and what has inspired her. It is a reminder of time and of childhood games in the bathtub, but at the same time, it is reminiscent of sadness in her life. Kettenman also suggests that she cannot be considered as a Surrealist because she does not detach completely from reality. Included in the artwork are at least twelve from her other artworks.


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