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My Will Remains: Reflections on Chronic Illness and Disability

 Artist Diane Driedger Gallery Opening

OPENS: June 28 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

by Diane Driedger

“My will remains” is a quote by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54). About fifteen years ago, I started to see my life with chronic illness and disability reflected in Frida’s life through her self-portraits and her need to work in bed due to chronic pain and fatigue. I started to create art by showing my solidarity with Frida. This was a jumping off point as I began to uncover the stories of artists with disabilities. My exhibit dialogues with artists such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Maud Lewis, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol, all who had disabilities. Through painting, sculpture, and poetry I unveil our experiences of living with chronic illness and disability and the uncertainties and certainties that it brings.

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