Frida Kahlo dealt with a lifetime of pain starting with Polio at the age of 6 to a bus accident that fractured her pelvis, ribs, spine, legs, and collarbone. That accident left her with chronic pain, but she also discovered a passion for art.
This painting by Kahlo was done before a spine surgery that was supposed to help her severe pain but leave her bedridden for a year. The surgery did leave her bedridden for a year however, it did not help her pain. In her painting, she depicts a deer with her head that is wounded and surrounded by dead trees. You are able to see the sky past the trees. In the left bottom corner of this painting, Kahlo wrote “Carma” which meant fate. This painting is expressing the pain that Kahlo is going through yet in the distance there is hope (the sky) even if she may never get there. This piece of art helped me realize the many emotions that come with chronic pain such as disappointment, hope, and even hopelessness. The human pain experience is truly unique to each individual.
How does this painting depict the human pain experience to you?