Selected Kintsugi Leaf Work
Enjoying the challenge of exploring new surfaces to express my work, I settled on a resin mix that I pour myself, randomly sculpting the surfaces with no desired effect until it “feels right.” Having been drawn to organic matter since childhood, the subject matter was an easy choice and is drawn from life. Chiaroscuro in style, the drawings are completed.
There is a story said to have originated in the 15th century when a Japanese shogun broke a favorite tea bowl and sent it back to China to be fixed. But the repair job, which was done with metal staples (being the standard for repair at that time), detracted from the beauty of the bowl, so the shogun enlisted Japanese craftsmen to come up with a more aesthetically pleasing solution. Kintsugi, which means "golden joinery," was born.
Having repaired my own broken tea ware in this manner I began to think about how I could incorporate Kintsugi in my work. There was only one way really, the finished artwork had to be broken to be repaired. So as not to try to influence the outcome of the breaks, the pieces are broken by someone other than myself in an almost spiritualistic ritual. I am only observer then, and it becomes the ultimate letting go.
The pieces are then reassembled and adhered on prepared panels, often enhanced with their own natural elements. The final step is the application of the detailed process of Kintsugi, a new piece is completed and brought forth into the world.