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Frida's Jail Paintings

Dreamed 2010/11/19 by Wayan

THAT EVENING

My friends and I see FRIDA, with Selma Hayek playing Frida Kahlo. How accurate it is, I don't know--affairs with Leon Trotsky and Josephine Baker? But it is moving. Such a short, hard, fiery life.

THAT NIGHT

The Office of Homeland Security considers this girl a revolutionary terrorist. She's just a natural performer. Dances and sings a sexy show she wrote. She's short, slender, cute, with a long neck and round face. Wears only purple panties with ridiculous ruffly lace, and a string skirt dangling amethyst beads every inch or so.

Homeland Security cops come drag her offstage! Stick her in a drafty cell, with nothing but her stage costume. Brr. Her girlfriend or sister, a painter, visits. Photographs her and paints a whole series of lush oils of her in prison. They're both lesbian pin-ups AND scorching propaganda. See the Public Danger! (Or is it Pubic Dancer?) See the Panties of Menace! See the Beads of... uh... Badness!

Her paintings are very good. Lush, sexy, yet show the atrocious conditions the Office imposes: the rough stone walls and floors, the wicker pallet for a bed, the lone mangy blanket. The Jail Paintings become notorious.

The Officers of Homeland Security do read the news. Everyone's sneering at them. But freeing her would mean admitting they were wrong; so instead, they redecorate!

But cops aren't good decorators. Visitors to their Office, willing or not, just don't feel Homy or Secure.

When will they face that they have to free her?

Sketch of a dream by Chris Wayan: A Frida Kahlo painting of her sister Cristina, half-nude performance artist, jailed by the Office of Homeland Security.

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