Karla Cardova was asked to recreate The Wounded Table, Frida Kahlo’s epic depiction of the emotional impact of her divorce from fellow artist Diego Rivera.
Cordova is a designer, photographer and art director, with a focus on photo post-production and retouching, who mostly works in advertising and fashion. She is based in Ecuador where she is currently art director at Mattegraphics.
“This is Frida’s largest painting,” she says of the original work. “Kahlo herself is sitting in the centre, as well as her pet deer and her sister’s children. It was included in the first major Surrealist exhibition in Mexico. In 1955, the painting was exhibited in Warsaw, Poland, and somehow in transit to another location, it was, and remains, lost.”
Cordova’s recreated image took 180 images and 20 days. Here’s how she did it: