Plaster Armor No. 1, Plaster Armor No. 2 + Plaster Armor No. 3
Plaster Armor No. 1
Inspiration for Plaster No. 1
Plaster Armor No. 1 detail
 Detail of top edge of plaster brace and cotton strap with hardware. Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire.    .
 Detail of two cotton straps and plaster brace opening. Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire.    .
 Detail of the brace’s lower edge with frayed “thread” (intentionally placed). Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire.    .
Plaster Armor No. 2
 Plaster corset, painted and decorated by Frida Kahlo © Collection of Museo Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives/Bank of Mexico/Frida Kahlo Museum Trust/Javier Hinojosa/V&A Publishing
 Detail showing deep frame with wire work “sewn” to gessoed gauze and matboard using 32 gauge wire.    .
 Detail of gauze strips along the top edge of the plaster cast, the red painted hammer and sickle, and blue glass circle secured with extra gauze. Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire.    .
 Detail of frayed “threads” that I intentionally added to the plaster corset’s edge. Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire.    .
Plaster Armor No. 3
 Plaster corset, painted and decorated by Frida Kahlo © Collection of Museo Frida Kahlo/Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives/Bank of Mexico/Frida Kahlo Museum Trust/Javier Hinojosa/V&A Publishing
 Detail showing deep frame with wire work “sewn” to gessoed gauze and matboard using 32 gauge wire.    .
 Detail of the more prominent imagery Frida painted using oils: an upside-down eye (I view it as an eye), a broken spinal column, and the stems of a flower (I see it as a flower). Extra wire (mostly 32 gauge) was wrapped in places to represent Frida’s broader paint strokes.    .
 More detail of the prominent imagery Frida painted using oils: a flower and bolder strokes of what could be ornamental grass, leaves, or petals. Hand formed and assembled using annealed steel wire. Bolder paint strokes were recreated by wrapping extra wire in strategic spots.    .
Salvaged US Army-regulation Gauze circa 1953
Coffee-staining the Gauze
Glueing Gauze with Gesso
Deciding the Matboard Placement of Plaster Armor No. 1
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