H30 W32 D21 cm
Glazed stoneware, resin, epoxy, gold powder, gold leaf.
This work is an investigation into the fragility and resilience of the the human psyche. The 'Scar' here is used as a metaphor for life experiences that have caused us to take time to heal.
The work is nurtured from clay to create a life-like representation of its sitter in a pose that transports a silence of contemplation to the viewer. The stoneware glazes create a complicated surface - a map of life.
The contented life is then violently smashed into pieces, the trauma causes their world to fall apart. See Curatio video for the moment. Each fragment is then gradually pieced back together using glue and gold powder. The healing begins.
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi - repair of broken ceramics with gold to make the object 'better than it was before', the work's gold seams give these portrait sculptures an imprint of life's many experiences that make us who we are.
Exhibited at Firstsite Gallery's open exhibition 2015