“I never painted dreams... I painted my own reality.” - Frida Kahlo. “Frida Kahlo: The Paintings” by Hayden Herrera Page 124
Part autobiography, part record of the past, part experimentation and sometimes part accident, my art, more of than not, is the result of all of these things coming together. Between the plans and careful articulations to sudden and unexpected shifts in ideas at the last minute, my creativity has followed a snaking road.
Art is created because of an intense driving need to express thoughts. It is in these expressions elusive truths can make themselves known. The realizations art captures have less to do with dreams than they do reality. Art is not a distortion of experiences. It is simply a highly condensed version of them.
Molded from struggles, dedication, sacrifice and joy, creativity is a roller coaster ride that goes from crushing depths up to intoxicating heights. The force that fuels this persistent desire to find the most eloquent form of execution is deeply rooted. One never knows exactly where or when chance and deliberate design converge.
Each drawing, each painting, even the articles I compose, are like chapters that tell you just a bit more about me and how I witnessed the world. If they do no more than chronicle what I thought, some degree of truth has been achieved. Even in the illusions of art, some truth is revealed.
Kurt Joachim von Behrmann
Revised, South Mountain Village, Phoenix, Arizona
February 12, 2012