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Kintsugi Heart

Stacie Tamaki's avatar Stacie Tamaki

I am creating a mixed media entry that will incorporate a painted heart and tiny gold cranes. The title "Kintsugi Heart" is a piece I have wanted to create since learning about kintsugi several years ago. Kintsugi is a Japanese method of mending a favorite piece of broken pottery with real gold powder mixed with lacquer or resin. The heart will be a representation of all of our hearts. Though life will break and shatter us time and time again we always have the opportunity to heal, like the broken pottery, in a way that leaves us both more beautiful and more interesting than whatever hardships broke us. Not everyone will. Some will hold onto the grief and anger that accompany loss. But if we can learn to confront and process the pain, replace grief with gratitude, and the anger with an open and fearless heart that is when hardships can become lessons that help us evolve and move us closer to finding contentment within our lives. (I will continue to update the photo progression)

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 1.5 inches
  • Medium: Paint/Paper
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 40 inches