Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907 and died on July 13, 1954. Frida is best known for her surreal art for her self-portraits. Frida had polio as a child which disabled her but wanted to go to medical school but she was in a terrible bus accident when she was 18 which would cause her pain for the rest of her life. While she was recovering from the accident she would turn her hobby of art to becoming a true artist.
Frida’s political interests led her to join the Mexican Communist Party in 1927 where she would meet Diego Rivera, another Mexican artist that she would marry 2 years later.
There is a lot of truth in Frida’s quote. Nothing is absolute and everything is that thing that changes, moves, revolves, flies and then goes away. She’s talking about how we’re not invincible, we will die and we change, evolve and everyone will go away from where they are now one day but that isn’t the end of it all. The spirit goes on, our souls, our legacy continues with friends and family and what we do in life. That is part of the reason I write because this will outlive me and maybe one day, many years from now someone will read this and I hope that some things that existed in Frida’s time and exist in my time will no longer exist in the future. You might think there’s no changing the way things are and if we sit back and do nothing than nothing really changes except we come and go. We can make the changes in life. We can vote, we can protest, we can make peace, we can have equality…. we just have to TRY and DO something to change it.
Frida had a lot of pain she endured in her lifetime from polio and from the accident and I believe she took her pain and poured it into her paintings. She would paint self-portraits about things she went through in life that she felt the need to express. She didn’t want to hide the miscarriage or anything else she was living with. That’s often how I write, I don’t hide what I’m going through I have it out in the open and express myself so that it may be easier for someone else that reads what I had to say. If they’re dealing with some of the same experiences maybe they’ll find something in what I have tried or what I read or who inspired me or just my words will resonate with them enough to help them move forward.
I think that’s part of the magic of love is someone that looks at you like you’re the only one that exists and makes you feel that way. It’s a very sensual way that needs no words but the feeling, those looks, the touch all comes together for the magic. We could all use more magic in our lives. It’s those lips that kiss you with hunger, those caresses that give you shivers and the looks when you just know you’re both feeling the same thing.
When I first visited Corpus Christi, Texas before moving there I remember going to the art museum because they were having a Frida Kahlo exhibit and I was so excited to finally see one of her paintings in person.