Kelly wants her art to highlight her abilities over her disabilities. Her challenge is great because she is dedicated to painting, being practically blind.
Kelly tells me that when she was a child, her mother would blindfold her and make her draw what she touched. She started out with simple shaped things like an apple, but by the age of four or five, she could already draw her mother’s face.
“Although I had difficulty seeing, my parents never told me. I am a bit like bumblebees, because of the relationship between body weight and wings, they shouldn’t fly, but since they don’t know it, they fly. “ – she tells me laughing.
“I think my parents could have saved me the frustration of dedicating myself to something where vision is essential. I think it would have been a pretty natural decision to try to get this out of my head. Now I live with frustration because there is nothing that frustrates a blind person more than being reminded that they can´t see, and every time I loose a brush, it is a reminder that I do not see and that frustrates me a lot … However, at the cost from deciding not to avoid frustration, they chose not to limit me more than I was already limited, and thus they have supported what I could do with my talent. They gave me freedom. ”. Kelly
Disability does not disable a person totally, and even if we talk about multiple disabilities, there is always something special that the person inspires and brings to their environment in a unique way. When we are not able to see the value beyond disability, we are part of very fragile societies because strength, beauty, wisdom are rooted in the magnanimous diversity of life.
The purpose of caring is to facilitate that each person can develop to the maximum of their possibilities and talents, thanks and despite their personal circumstances. Supporting and facilitating this should be everyone’s goal.