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Learning to be a human being...
Christine McConnell is an Australian artist with a particular interest in Frida Kahlo. She has travelled extensively and her work in all mediums has been influenced by strong women. She is inspired by the openness and honesty of Frida Kahlo’s original artworks, and the passion Frida displayed in all aspects of her life.
“ As a Buddhist I feel that we’re all mirrors of each other, that the joys and sufferings of being a human being are shared by all of us. Before coming to Buddhism I found it difficult to love myself, to accept that I was doing the best that I could given the circumstances I was in. Coming to this acceptance has enabled me to see all of us as doing the best we can given the conditions that we’re living with and in. Instead of ignoring the ‘dark’ side of my nature I can now accept it as being a valid part of me – as it is with everyone. As I embrace my own sacred and divine nature, one thought at a time, one breathe at a time, I embrace and expand my ability to love others, even those I find ‘difficult’.
As for my passion for Frida, from when I first started reading about her, I was struck by her openness, her honesty, and her passion for life. Frida saw that being a human being was to have both a light and a dark side. In her work, and in her life, she laid everything bare. There wasn't any pretence; she embraced it all - and maybe helps us to do the same.
And read about her I did! I think I have every book ever written about her! Although many publications place great emphasis on the pain that Frida suffered, both physically and emotionally, others give a day to day account of Frida’s life - and it was one of joy in the simple things. Going to the market. Arranging flowers. Cooking. Being with friends. Painting. These are the activities that made up the majority of Frida’s life. Yes there were tumultuous times with Diego and yes she used drugs to dull pain, particularly in her last few years, but this isn’t all that is Frida.
She lived in the moment. She laughed a lot. She was a joyous passionate being. In my art I try and show this light side of her; try to get some balance in the way she’s viewed. In a way, I feel that Frida is all women. When I’m using her as a model, I’m doing just that, using her to portray each of us. This is the wisdom of ‘woman’. With belief in ourselves we can lead a life that is authentic; a life that doesn’t accept guilt; a life that embraces strength, wisdom, compassion, and a connectedness to all beings.”
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