Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing ceramics with gold. Because it is porous, clay is difficult to mend once it has been fired; glue will not hold it together, and fresh clay will not be watertight. Molten gold will fuse it successfully though. The idea that one would invest gold into something so common as a ceramic bowl is curious… and graceful… and wise. After all, gold has no value if necessities are not being met.
In a metaphorical sense: if the major happenings of our lives have left fissures and faults in our essential being, why not repair them with something valuable? Our scars might be cherished as they have made us who we are.
In this body of work I have taken the basic premise of Kintsukuroi. The images are built up over ‘fault lines’. In some cases the revealed lines are naturally in harmony with the dynamic of the individual work and in other cases the works needed to be rethought to accommodate the lines. The exercise felt appropriately akin to the way we restructure our lives after hardship - hoping to make something beautiful out of the jumble of experiences that make us.
KINTSUKUROI is part of A Quartet of Artists.
DAMIEN MINTON GALLERY
Elizabeth St, Sydney
JULY 1 - JULY 7, 2014