“Frida Kahlo’s art depicts a woman bound and pierced in locations that can be strongly affected by fibromyalgia pain. Although the diagnosis didn’t exist in Kahlo’s lifetime, modern women living with fibromyalgia may find her art and passion inspiring…Yet some experts believe she might have suffered from fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain and fatigue. Indeed, her self-portraits…may strike a chord in others all too familiar with fibromyalgia pain…Trauma, including car crashes and sexual or physical abuse, seems to correlate with a fibromyalgia diagnosis. The theme of Kahlo’s chronic pain runs through her art…”
No, Frida Kahlo did not have fibromyalgia. This painting, however, and all of her paintings really, eloquently expresses what it sometimes like to have fibromyalgia, i.e. the pain, the sorrow, the mental struggle.
Starting from today, every Monday I will be featuring art that reflects, whether directly or indirectly, what it means to have fibromyalgia.
I welcome submissions and suggestions!
The word “Art” is being used in its broadest definition.
(So, anything really.)