Girl with Mangoes, 1971
It is not a fun theme to explore, but it seems to me that suffering can produce great art. Without making any larger claims for this image, I know that I like it, and I know that on the day I took this picture, I was suffering greatly.
Here are a few more images that are connected to times of great pain, uncertainty or disorientation, where it seems clear to me that the act of making the image was part of a process of seeking a solution, of expression, or even of healing.
Bicycle at Rest, Florence, 1978
Knotting a Persian Rug, Khorasan, 1978
The Caregiver, Quissett, 2010