AND Nothing, opens next week. There are so many great artists who've inspired and influence me over the years. It would be impossible to list them all.
I've made the distinction between influence and inspiration. There are artists who have impacted the way I work. Seeing their work changed or influenced the way I make art. There are other artists who inspire me. Their style or themes haven't necessarily impacted the way I work but they feed my imagination, excite me, inspire me.
What I like about Frida's work is the emotional honesty, combined with sardonic humour, cooked up in a cauldron of magic realism. Seeing her work recently at the AGO in Toronto, I was struck by the delicacy and subtly of her brush work. That's not something that comes through in photographs. I've always thought of her work as stiff and a bit primitive in execution. Photos just don't do them justice. Healing and transformation have been important themes for me, and Frida's work has it in spades.