I want to make this thread 'Frida Kahlo virtual SAS gallery' and also to tell how her works inspire me to keep seeking mental health instead of brushing it off which people that I communicate with and society require me to. They only want me to deal with certain aspects of my mental health that are usually surface symptoms and that are obstacles for them to get something they want/require from me. But when it comes to getting to the core, they don't care about it and even demand me brushing it off because 1) it would make me more depressed and less functioning during some long period of time, especially without the timely support from a therapist; 2) they haven't dealt with it themselves and they're not interesting in opening and discovering something they don't want to discover because that would be too overwhelming and that would make them aware of too many wounds and they'd start to have too many regrets and overwhelmingly negative feelings.
In short, what her works remind me of and that's actually the same thing I keep repeating to myself over and over again and on this site I write about it a lot too is to be connected to my true self or at least to seek that connection since I lost it somewhere long ago in childhood, maybe during babyhood or even when I was in the womb. It doesn't matter if the last time I was fully connected to my true self was in the womb because, as Harry Guntrip (the author of ''Schizoid Phenomena, Object-Relations, and the Self'') said, there still was a potential for it and there is such potential in every human being.
The way Frida was expressing all her pain, traumatic experiences and feelings in her paintings tell us that her connection to her genuine emotions, feelings and her body was pretty strong and she wasn't dissociated from it (unlike me and I'm sure some users can relate to me too). She didn't hide it and focus on something else. Most of her works are pure self-expression.
I'm going to post some of her works and describe what they mean to me in this thread. You can post them too. Her paintings can mean something else to you. For example, as a schizoid I have almost no feeling of connection, but you may have no problem with that. Different things in her paintings can evoke different associations in me vs you and maybe what feels like a healthy improvement to me feels like no particular improvement or even something traumatic to you.