45 -On her 40th birthday, April 1, 2000, Frieda decided to celebrate what she felt was a significant date by painting a canvas for each of the forty years of her life, from birthday to birthday. She had been trying to break free from the constraints of figurative painting in order to better express her emotional reaction to the incidents that affected her life, such as emigrating to Western Australia in 1991, the devastating bushfire that tore through her home there in 1996, the death of people close to her, happy marriage, unhappy divorce, and many of the other elements in the evolution of her life. Being emotionally based these new paintings could only be abstract.
In order to relate the abstract images to the actual incidents that the paintings were based on, Frieda also wrote a poem for each of those years, in which she was able to give a brief personal history. But the project took five years to complete, so Frieda added five additional paintings and poems. The outcome was the poem sequence in the book 45, published by Harper Collins in the US, and an abstract landscape of her life, four feet high and two hundred and twenty-five feet long on forty-five canvases.This work features 45 paintings, each panel is 122cm x 153cm (48ins x 60ins approx)