Reflecting on My Current Practice
As a person placing one foot in my adopted country, conscious that these lands were never ceded, and one foot in my heritage culture, yet being a citizen of the third culture as a product of multi-generational movements across sovereign borders, it interests me to look at adapting traditional art practices with modern interpretations and technologies. Transhumanism, adaptive interpretations, and mixed modalities strike me as a way to build a customised and individualised way to honour and explore the beauty and challenge of our ever-dynamic world.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, “golden repair”), is commonly known as the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or imbued with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Some historians believe it may also have origins traceable to China. It is sometimes referred to as the “art of scars”, and teaches us that which has been broken may be beautiful and strong again.