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Beauty in the Broken #metoo

Bethany Grenier's avatar Bethany Grenier

This installation is about hope and healing, presenting sexual assault victims as survivors and furthermore as empowered women who’ve reclaimed ownership of their lives and bodies. The piece combines my sculpted sacred hearts with the Japanese art, Kintsugi {repairing broken items with gold}, illustrating that scars are a part of an object's history: to be honored, not hidden. After sculpting, the hearts are broken and repaired and painted with real gold. The kintsugi heart is hung in front of b&w photographs of women. The repaired heart is the focal point expressing strength & beauty. The photos give context to the hearts, transforming theory into possibility, and grounding the hashtag #metoo in actual women, not just a twitter hashtag. The photos are printed on panels of aluminum of various sizes and presented in a gallery style.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 8”
  • Medium: epoxy clay, aluminum, gold, hot melt adhesive, paper
  • Width: 8.5'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 8.5'