• Susan J Hilger

"When we meet our life purpose, we breathe our passion..."

"When we meet our life purpose, we breathe our passion..."

I promised to say more about the Frida Kahlo exhibit; Her work can ground you and move you at the same time. Clearly we all walk away from art with a unique perspective, and some of it moves us and some of it is 'pleasing.' I talked to a person or two who felt little to nothing. My partner and I were struggling for words for it, because it was pure emotion.

This show was emotionally charged ... I felt her pain, her passion and her extraordinary desire to put a positive spin on all of her misfortune, which was plenty. You may or may not know her story, and if you don't, you might want to read up on her, or you may want to catch this exhibit. She sketched, drew and painted her experiences, the good, the awful and the misunderstood. She knew her life purpose and she let it become her passion.

Frida Kahlo had polio at the age of 6, was in an accident at 18, when a trolly hit the bus she was on with her lover and her pelvis was severed. She later married Diego Rivera, the muralist and ultimate womanizer.

"Frida’s condition was so grave doctors didn’t believe they could save her. They thought she would die on the operating table. Her spinal column was broken in three places in the lumbar region. Her collarbone was broken and her third and fourth ribs. Her right leg had eleven fractures and her right foot was dislocated and crushed. Her left shoulder was out of joint, her pelvis broken in three places. The steel handrail produced a deep abdominal wound, entering through the left hip and exiting through the genitals. She convalesced for two years though she would never fully recover.

It was while she was confined to bed that Frida began to paint, using a small lap easel her mother bought for her. Frida had a mirror hung overhead in the canopy of her bed so she could use her reflection as a beginning subject for portraits."

"I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint."

Almost every piece in this show was her passion about her pain, her way of finding light in a dark place.

#life #lifepurpose #passion

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