The Art of Kintsugi Stresses the scars of a broken object with gold. Faults become witnesses to the history of the broken object. They say his life, and testify of his suffering... But also of his resurrection. The repaired object with pure gold lines becomes magnified by its tests. Even more beautiful, even stronger than before it was broken...
It's a beautiful Resilience metaphor. Our trials strengthen us... The famous "What does not kill makes me stronger" of Nietzsche. Many artists have seized this metaphor, and the Resilience Theme Through the scars. Instead of hiding them, they underline them. Art becomes art therapy.
Here are some examples, inspired for some directly from The Art of Kintsugi .
This artist has put the theme of repair and scars at the heart of his work.
"The extra-Western societies have another relation to the repair." It must not erase the wound " Testifies Kader Attia.
This artist covers with gold leaf the scars of the people who have suffered, to support them in their healing process.
When I saw Mary's scar, I saw a mixture of strength and fragility. I have not only seen the wound, but healing. At one time or another, one is wounded: on the skin, in the heart... We have to deal with it. And we do not continue in the same way as we did: we have to find a new way forward. « Indicates Hélène Gugenheim
Becka Regan is a talented photographer inspired by the art of Kintsugi To underline the scars of the people she is photographing. The bodies are thus magnified, carrying their history...
"I'm amazed at how many people have offered me their bodies with this phrase: I'm not sure it's important, but... Of course you are important. There are people who have told me that their scars are insignificant or minimal in comparison to those of others. I want you to know: you're important! You're important! You're important! » Explains David
By proposing to women who have suffered domestic violence or breast cancers to magnify their scars with tattoos, the tattoo becomes art-therapy...
"It's wonderful to see how their relationship to their body changes after they have the tattoo. I'm a lot on Facebook, and I see how, after being ashamed of their scarified body, they now post pictures in dresses, and they look happy, changed. It's transformer. » Indicates Flavia Carvalho .
Sarkis puts the Kintsugi At the heart of his creation, through various mediums: paintings, objects, furniture, ceramics... which he transcends with his vision.
« I am fascinated by this Japanese technique called "Kintsugi » Of the 16th century. I worked as a calligrapher in a very concentrated way and the pieces came out of a single jet, like a overpower. » Explains Sarkis.
This multi-media artist invited the Kintsugi Through his work, to underline what is not always highlighted, especially the flaws and sufferings...
"I like to make art that gives reflection." I like to make art that makes people feel things. I like to make art that intrigues and questions. Art makes me happy. » Explains Lyzz Gomdoc
This artist works a bronze lace that he associates with the healing force of gold, emphasizing the scars of his delicate women's busts.
Inspired by the art of Kintsugi , artist Billie Bond explores fragility and resilience through the beauty of the scars of her works.
"The Kintsugi Makes the object even more beautiful than before-enriched by its experience. » Explains Billie Bond .
If the subject of the Kintsugi attracts you and intrigues you, we invite you to consult Céline Santini 's book, entitled "Kintsugi, The Art of Resilience" to the Editions First.
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Kintsugi _ Wie Uns Bruchstellen Im Leben Stark machen – Der Japanische Weg Zur Resilience