Steve Sweetser - Portfolio

I am a recently retired Veterinarian. I have created art works all my life. Over the past 3 years I have become more serious about a career as an artist.

I became interested in Frida Kahlo many years ago after a trip to Mexico City, I noticed that the image of Frida appears everywhere, particularly in San Francisco. Having also been inspired by Andy Warhol, I made a silk screen of Frida's image, ala Warhol, to use in my collages. I have truly enjoyed my recent work with Frida, pastel landscape drawings and abstract collage.

Frida Kahlo as an artist and feminine icon, is an exceptional example of triumph in the face of adversity, when one considers her political activism and personal medical challenges. In today’s political climate, all “Others”, (Women, Minorities, Gays) are under attack from the new American administration. My hope with my Frida series, is that through the use of the iconic images of Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe, we can be reminded of the importance of such “Other” voices in our world.

Consideration of Frida's German heritage as well as her membership in the Communist Party, led to my use of images from the Berlin Wall and the World War II Memorial Church, Gedächtniskirche. This is an attempt to build bridges through images that remind us of Fascism, World War II and the fall of Communism to connect the cultural fabric of the past with our collective growth in the future.

Review - Burt Manaster Blog - October 2016

I went to see Dr. Sweetser's Frida Kahlo series exhibit at the Edge of Frame Gallery yesterday around 5:30 P.M.
I had received a card in the mail inviting me to the reception where Steve's series was announced  as his guest artist contribution.
I must say I was pretty impressed. He certainly understood that Frida's face is as ubiquitous in art as a recurring nightmare (my words - not his). but his representation of several permutations of Frida along Warhohlian lines was truly arresting and unique. There were four representations all nicely framed to choose from, and all contained aspects that could be construed to incorporate Frida as artist and as subject matter for interpretation by an artist. (Steve in this case.)  In that aspect Steve seemed to have achieved the goal of communicating Frida as an icon and providing us with a commentary drawn upon our own observation or subliminal responses that he opened up for us.
I will look forward to seeing more aspects of Steve's imagination in future .