“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter mostly known for her self portraits. (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954). I recently watched the movie Frida filmed back in 2002 and became instantly captivated by her character. This brave woman who suffered so much pain never lived by fear. She was raw and lush. She didn’t have a perfect marriage or a perfect career but she battled through the obstacles of life gracefully. She wore colourful flowers in her hair and she shone a beautiful vibrant energy. She was an everyday goddess. A true icon of female creativity.
“The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.” I was inspired by her story to say the least. I wanted to cultivate this energy so I decided to dress up as Frida for Halloween this year.
When she was travelling on the public bus in 1925 it collided with a street car and left her badly injured. The accident happened when she was only 18 years old and broke her spinal column, collarbone, ribs, and pelvis. A steel handrail impaled her through the hip and uterus leaving her no longer able to reproduce. She wore a full body cast for three months and was left in a great deal of pain, both physically and physiologically. To kill the time she had to spend in bed and alleviate some of the pain, she started painting.
“I paint myself because I am so often alone.” “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”
Her work ended up taking her to New York City, Paris, and other major cities where people adored her authentic talents. Many years later she was diagnosed with gangrene in her right foot. She was again bedridden for the next nine months. But with great persistence, Frida Kahlo continued to work and paint. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
Frida Kahlo’s fame has continued to grow long after her death. Her famous Blue House was opened as a museum in the year of 1958. In the 1970s the interest on her work and life increased due to the feminist movement. She will forever be viewed as an icon of female creativity. “I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.” -Frida Kahlo.