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Famous mouth-and-foot artist paints beautiful life with his mouth

Famous mouth-and-foot artist paints beautiful life with his mouth

By Ruban SaundersPublished about a year ago 8 min read

Self-care: How do you put food in your mouth without your hands

When Hsieh awoke in the hospital, he saw his mother fighting back tears. The mother knew that the infection in her son's damaged limbs was spreading fast and could kill him. All the people around kindly advised mother: "Don't save, let him 'go'."

"Do whatever it takes to keep him alive," Mom told the doctor. "As long as Kunshan can call me mom one more time, that's enough."

Doctors performed a series of operations to amputate Hsieh's left arm at the shoulder joint, his right arm 20 centimeters below the shoulder and his right leg below the knee. Hsieh survived and his mother gave him a second chance at life. He promised his mother, "I have no right to die, and I will not give up."

After leaving the hospital, Hsieh became his mother's "newborn baby" again. Many nights his mother's food got cold to feed him; Countless mornings, his mother even breakfast is also too busy to eat, to help him bathe and dress.

To reduce his mother's worries, Hsieh decided to earn his own living. After much deliberation, he invented a device that could feed itself. The end of a spiral hollow hoop is wrapped with a movable sleeve, and the remaining right arm is covered. The spoon handle is welded into an L shape and inserted into the hoop.

Hsieh is finally able to feed himself. In campus speeches, he often amusingly named this set of homemade items "Kun Shan" brand buffet set.

Then Hsieh began to brush his teeth without the help of his mother or sister. He unscrews the toothpaste cap with his mouth, presses the toothbrush firmly on the washbasin with his short arm, and puts it in his mouth to finish brushing his teeth by shaking his head back and forth.

Hsieh has also made his own faucet, which is controlled by his feet, to bathe himself. He invented many of these devices to solve his own problems of eating, drinking and dispersing. By the end, he was able to do almost all his daily life on his own, often cleaning the house with a broom clamped between his short, surviving arms.

Road of art: Use the mouth to draw beautiful life

After Hsieh's accident, neighbors told his mother, "Kun Shan can make a lot of money just by squatting in the night market or lying in front of the temple." Severely disabled people from poor families seem to have to beg for a living. Hsieh refused to listen. "I have lost three limbs," he said. "I don't want to lose my dignity as a human being."

Hsieh began to think seriously about his path in life, and he decided to continue studying his natural interest -- painting. However, painting was too extravagant a hobby for the children of poor families. His illiterate parents could not understand, and the family had already owed a lot of money for treating him.

Hsieh had to save up the allowance that his older brother, who worked away from home, would occasionally buy him soda to buy pencils and white paper and prepare for serious painting.

Without hands, holding a pen became the biggest problem. Watching his sister do her homework, Hsieh thought he should be able to draw and write with a pen in his mouth. At first, the pen between the teeth and the tongue seemed to be a vice with a loose screw, and the mouth could not grasp the pen properly, making the saliva flow. After tooth habit, because practice time is too long, the mouth is poked out a blood blister again by pencil, mouth ulcer is ceasing. However, Hsieh never gives up. He just keeps his head down and works hard at his painting, brush by brush. He made his mouth his best hand, and the pen in his mouth became his closest confidant.

What if a pencil breaks? Hsieh had another idea: He found a small steel knife, held the handle of the knife between his molar teeth, and bit hard. He chewed the handle out of shape to keep it steady. Then he pushed the pencil to the edge of the table, and, using what was left of his right arm, pressed it down with the blade in his mouth, chipped the point one by one.

He shouted in his heart: "This knife a piece of crumbs, every piece is confidence. Hsieh Kunshan, today you have not only sharpened your pencil, but also your future path!"

Hsieh Kunshan heard that the famous Taiwanese painter Wu Xuansan was opening classes in the Academy of Fine Arts, so he did everything possible to find him and asked to learn painting with him. Mr. Wu was moved by his sincerity and agreed to let him attend the class. Since then, Hsieh has spent more than two hours to get to school every day, rain or shine, dragging his mutilated body around several buses.

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At the age of 24, Hsieh moved out of his parents' impoverished home and tried to live on his own. In order to catch up on his academic lessons, he practiced painting with his mouth during the day and went to night school to catch up on his middle school lessons at night.

While eagerly learning painting and knowledge, he lost the sight of his right eye in a collision. That hasn't stopped Hsieh, however. He cherishes the opportunity to return to the classroom and spends his days in front of his desk and easel. He sleeps four or five hours a day at most, joking that "less sleep is more life".

Three years passed and Hsieh was admitted to Jianzhong School, the best middle school in Taipei. His painting has also made great progress, began to win a series of awards in the world, has been recognized by the people. In 1994, his "Golden Pond" sold for NT $80,000; His works have been selected for six large-scale exhibitions and won the Visual Arts Award of the International Association of Special Talents in 1997.

Happy Helping others: What is impossible

Life is like chess. When the cart, horse and gun are removed one after another, what should we do? "Even if we fight to the last soldier, I will carry on," Hsieh said.

Hsieh has a big smile on his face every day as he looks for reasons to be happy every day. As he was not wearing prosthetic limbs, the children would look at his mother when they saw him on the road and exclaim, "Look, Mom, he has no hands."

Young mothers would throw their arms around their children and say, "Don't talk like that, or you'll be sad to hear." At this time, Hsieh would turn to the children and smile: "I'm sorry, my uncle, when he came out today, he forgot to bring his hand out."

Hsieh is never shy about talking about his body, or hiding in his room doing nothing. With a grateful heart, he tried his best to help others. No matter how busy he is, he always spends at least one day a month volunteering at the Tzu Chi Hospital to take care of the most desperate.

A woman patient lost her husband in a sudden gas explosion, and she was severely burned, turning her beautiful face into a terrible horror. What made her even more miserable was that her 8-year-old daughter, who used to play the petulant at her side, was so frightened that she cried and refused to go near her.

After hearing her story, Hsieh said, "You don't love yourself." Seeing the woman's incomprehension, he added: "If the accident had happened to your daughter instead of you, would you bear the pain instead of her?" The female patient nodded vigorously: "I do! I would absolutely love to!"

Hsieh said, "I absolutely believe you will! Please look back at your mother, who is standing right behind you." Behind the patient, the old mother who was combing her hair burst into tears. "Why would your mother not have been willing to suffer in your place? But can she? ' Mother and daughter could not bear it any longer, and the tears burst out like a dyke, crying into a ball.

When Hsieh saw the woman again, she was a different person, smiling and smiling, and willing to work with him to inspire other patients with her still sweet singing voice. Hsieh knows that she has let go of her "burden" and understands that no matter what happens, what we have is always more than what we have lost.

Hsieh's tenacity, optimism and enthusiasm have impressed a beautiful young woman named Lin Yezhen. They married in 1987.

Now, with their two teenage daughters, Hsieh is asked, "If you had a pair of healthy hands, what would you most like to do with them?"

He said with a smile, I will take my wife by the left hand and my two daughters by the right hand, and we will walk the road of life together.

In addition to painting, Hsieh is now invited to give free lectures in schools, communities and even prisons, inspiring more people to raise the sails of life.

He said: "My disability has never prevented me from being a comfortable person. My sleeves may be empty, but I can still master a happy life!"


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