"A Choice"

Matt Sesow painting from the permanent collection at the American Visionary Art Museum

For the painting “A Choice”, I wanted to portray the moment in my life at age 8 that I was struck by the propeller of a landing airplane in 1975. While laying in intensive care in the hospital after coming through the near death experience, I had the experience, whether real or imagined from the influence of morphine being pumped into my eight year old body, I was visited by a guardian angel or “guide” that offered me a choice: “either lay here in pain and to die, or you fight, get up and live an interesting life.” My choice was to fight and live an interesting life.

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