Principles of Fortitude 2
H43 W31 D30cm
Glazed Stoneware, resin, 24ct gold leaf, 24ct gold powder,
epoxy, steel, silicon
One half from a pair of Kintsugi portraits (Principles of Fortitude 1 SOLD), both having opposite halves of the original glazed ceramic pieces, signifying a duality of being.
First exhibited at Riflemaker, London 2017 for solo exhibition: Perfect Imperfection - The Art of Healing. Also shown at The London Art Fair and The Minories.
The work comes with a certificate of authenticity and an exhibition book.
Her first London solo exhibition brought together a selection of portraits (some self-portraits) that begin their journey in the traditional sense of realistic representation. Bond then seeks to expand the parameters of the genre beyond a lifelike representation by using a process of destruction and repair to convey a journey of grief and trauma to healing and wellbeing. Emotional encounters are imbued into material form.
‘I try to open the window to the soul, force its pain outside,
expose its rawness in an attempt to heal the damage and to make it better.
For me, the process or performance of making is the art’
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (the repair of broken ceramics with gold), a philosophy of seeing beauty in imperfection, Billie Bond’s work questions the tension between destruction and repair, fragility and resilience and thoughts about what it is to be human. Her fractured portraits seek to consider a critical engagement with the viewer, confronting fundamental questions of the inner self.