Kintsugi

Photographic Prints. 2017

In Japan, there is a philosophy called Wabi Sabi. It is about accepting that things are never perfect. That an object – a bowl for example, will in the course of its lifetime, show the marks of age and its journey through life. The patina of the bowl may have scratches or chips or indeed cracks and visible mends. Wabi Sabi would say that our time on earth is transient and that instead of hiding or covering up the cracks, the marks and wear and tear of life, we should embrace and celebrate them as a mark of resilience. That there can be beauty in a ‘flaw’ is an empowering idea. Inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi where gold is inserted into the cracks of a mended bowl to high light and celebrate the break, I worked with children receiving therapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust to ‘mend’ broken biscuits.