Kintsugi art and scars: underline the experience. Scars as witnesses.

Sarkis and the Art of Kintsugi

© Pauline Simons/Sarkis

The Art of Kintsugi , or the art of stressing the scars

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...

Art as repair therapy

It's a beautiful metaphor of resilience. Our trials strengthen us... The famous "What does not kill makes me stronger" of Nietzsche. Many artists have seized this metaphor, and theresilience 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 .

Kader Akin, L'Art and Repair

This artist has put the theme of repair and scars at the heart of his work.

The art of Kader akin, on scars and repair

© Haupt & Binder/Kader Akin

"Extra-Western societies have another relationship to repair. It must not erase the wound " testifies Kader Attia.

Hélène Gugenheim: From the wound to the healing

This artist covers with gold leaf the scars of the people who have suffered, to support them in their healing process.

Hélène Gugenheim is an artist who works on the scars covered with gold, in the manner of a living Kintsugi

© Florent Mulot – Hélène Gugenheim

"When I saw Mary's scar, I saw a mixture of strength and fragility. I have not only seen the wound, but the 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 must find a new way forward. " indicates Hélène Gugenheim

Becka Regan: the Kintsugi As a healing medium

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...

Becka Regan, Kintsugi , The Art of Healing

© Becka Regan

"I am amazed at how many people have offered me their bodies with this phrase: I am not sure that this is important, but... Of course you are important. There are people who told me that their scars were insignificant or minimal in comparison with those of others. I want you to know: you're important! You're important! You're important! " explains David

Flavia Carvalho: The tattoo that embellishes the scars

By proposing to women who have suffered domestic violence or breast cancers to magnify their scars with tattoos, the tattoo becomes art-therapy...

The therapeutic tattoo, in the Spirit Kintsugi...

© Flavia Carvalho

"It's wonderful to see how much 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 photos in dresses, and they look happy, changed. It's a transformer. " indicates Flavia Carvalho .

Sarkis: the Kintsugi As a source of inspiration

Sarkis puts the Kintsugi At the heart of his creation, through various mediums: paintings, objects, furniture, ceramics... which he transcends with his vision.

Sarkis and the Art of Kintsugi

© Pauline Simons/Sarkis

« 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.

Lyzz Gomboc: Underline what is neglected...

This multi-media artist invited the Kintsugi Through his work, to underline what is not always highlighted, especially the flaws and sufferings...

Art as an outlet for suffering

© Lyzz Gomboc

"I like to make art that gives thought. I like to make art that makes people feel things. I like to do art that intrigues and questions. Art makes me happy. " explains Lyzz Gomdoc

Philippe Buil: The delicacy of the scar

This artist works a bronze lace that he associates with the healing force of gold, emphasizing the scars of his delicate women's busts.

A sculpture by Philippe Buil, in the trend of Kintsugi

© Philippe Buil – Belisama – EDEN

Billie Bond: Perfect imperfection: the Art of Healing

Inspired by the art of Kintsugi , artist Billie Bond explores fragility and resilience through the beauty of the scars of her works.

Billie Bond explores the art of healing

© Billie Bond

"The Kintsugi makes the object even more beautiful than before – enriched by its experience. " explains Billie Bond .


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