Disabled bodies are, in and of themselves enormously resourceful and adaptive and this essay argues that the creative experience of impediment and limitation has a lot to teach the able-bodied creative world. Taking Frida Kahlo's spectacular wardrobe as a starting point, this strongly-argued piece challenges narcissistic and unsustainable ideas of unlimited creative freedom with the instructive wisdom of limitation.
Prosthetic leg with leather boot. Museo Frida Kahlo. Photograph Javier Hinojosa. © Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums.