LABYRINTH OF SUFFERING
Simon Bolivar’s last words were spoken on his death bed when he muttered “damn it! How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?” He was referring to the labyrinth of suffering, an inherent part of our human experience in this world. We are the universe expressing itself as human for a little while, which calls for us to struggle through complete misery and wallow in absolute ecstasy.
When Frida Kahlo said “[she] hopes the leaving is joyful, and [she] hopes never to return,” she might have solved Bolivar’s riddle. This piece suggests another possible answer.
Each of the four paintings is encapsulated within a thin rose-gold frame, followed by a thicker one resembling patinated metal in shades of pink and blue. The wooden bases, two antique doors that came from a traditional Scottish wardrobe, serve as the canvas.