"Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly" ~ FRIDA KAHLO
I have loved Frida since my early teens. My admiration always came from her strong sense of self and self determination. Since las year, I have been uncontrollable driven to make Frida as my theme regardless the medium, to the point that I began to question if I would ever paint or create "something else" again. At the same time, I have been experiencing some excruciating physical pain for the last couple of months. In between needles, blood, exams, pain, and very caring nurses, I reflected about my pain and Frida. I realized that my admiration has gone far deeper than for a bad ass woman. Like Frida, during my most painful moments, I choose to paint, to make things, to create. I have never been so consistently focus on my creations than these past painful months. For some reason, I chose to paint my pain through Frida. I have fully embraced her resilience and her willingness to live life in colors, with flowers and lipstick. Unless you know her paintings, through her photos, you would never know how much pain she endured. In bed, in a wheelchair, or standing next to Diego, she was always photographed with an attitude larger than life, always looking so alive. Now, when I think about resilience and grace, I think of Frida. I don't care anymore whether we call her feminist or whatever. She is my resilience icon. She embodies the beauty of fully embracing life regardless your pain, your circumstances. Let's us always remember that no matter what's going on our lives, we have a choice: we have wings to fly.
Viva La Frida!