16 Dec 𝚂𝚃𝙾𝚁𝚈 𝙾𝙵 𝙼𝚈 𝙻𝙸𝙵𝙴 | by artist Samira Stritzel
This photo above was included in the “Artists and their Workspaces” article in Artwalk Magazine Issue 02.
Story of my Life by artist Samira Stritzel
I’m Samira, and I will tell you my story. Since I was a little girl, I love painting my soul out of the canvas or paper. My parents always supported my creativity ☺️ When I grew up, I lost my focus on painting. I was working as a pediatric nurse on a care unit for early-born babies & very sick newborns. I love this job! I love helping the little ones 🙂 But between all these important things I was done there, I really lost my focus, my passion, my creativity, my art. But the most dramatic thing about that:
I lost myself.
One day in January 2021 I was getting life-threatening sick. I was laying in the hospital without knowing what’s going on. I couldn’t see anything, I was not able to speak right & couldn’t move my body like I wanted to. This time was really scary for me. The doctors found out I had a crack in my meninges. The liquor that is protecting the brain was flowing out there & my brain wasn’t working as before. I was fighting for my life. Since I began to heal I was learning so much about myself & my body. And about my soul. I was fighting my way back to me.
And I Won!
Especially I was finding my way back to my roots: my creativity & Art. My passion that I lost all the past years. With the help of my Art I learned how to accept my body as the one I’m living in ☺️ and I learned how to love my body with everything on it. It’s MY body. My body carries me through the darkest times of life & I shouldn’t fight against him as I did in this time I was so sick.
I learned to love myself again ❤️
Now I want to speak through my Artwork & help other (young) women to find their ways back to themselves. I want to inspire how important self-love is to everyone of us & how beautiful all our body shapes are! Everybody deserves so much love. Everybody deserves so much love. So let’s make a statement that you are meant to be happy, not perfect! You can come as you are & be who you wanna be. Just be yourself & love yourself. Because the most important relationship in our life is the relationship to ourselves ❤️
So today I’m still learning & healing. I’m painting wonderful bodies in all types & shapes to show the world that everyone I a beautiful soul who is living in a wonderful aesthetic body, their own temple. Through this process, I am able to accept my scars. Because they tell a story: they remember me of when life tried to break me but failed! And that is my power. My body is my power!
I live & I love ❤️ and so are you!