The works of local multimedia artist Holly Hinkle put your average collage to shame. Those who visited the last couple of Nocturnal Mockery events know Hinkle's delicate, striking works: each minuscule piece a tableaux on love and loss made from expertly cut-out images mounted on a thrift-store mirror, tray, or whatever Hinkle managed to find.
With Noc Moc on sort of a hiatus, again, Hinkle will show her latest creations at Domino in Old Colorado City this December. This narrative collection focuses on Hinkle's idol and muse, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, whose graphic paintings documented a life tormented by physical pain (the consequence of a near-fatal bus accident when Kahlo was a teenager, and compounded by later addictions to drugs and alcohol) and emotional battles (the consequence of her long, troubled marriage with art great Diego Rivera).
Kahlo's work is a lovely product of self-possession. Her portraits seem to stare out at the viewer in a glare that reads, "Look what life did to me." Hinkle's works deftly empathize with Kahlo's obsession with her deteriorating body — several pieces bring to mind one of Kahlo's most memorable passages in her diary, which reads: "Yo soy la desintegración" ("I am disintegration").
But instead of looking into the usual folkloric approach, Hinkle colors her view of Kahlo's life with a sort of neo-Victorian style. It's a fresh spin on Kahlo, whose work is so popular (and commercially exploited). See for yourself: