Do you know the principle of Kintsugi? This is a Japanese art form where broken pieces of bone china are glued with a mix of gold and epoxy and where the break line remains visible. In this manner the original plate or cup will become even more beautiful: imperfections turn into a sign of beauty and strength.
A couple of months ago French artist Helene Guggenheim met a woman. When the woman changed her clothes Guggenheim noticed a huge scar where once the woman`s left breast had been. Guggenheim was touched by the vulnerability of the scar and linked this to the beautiful message behind the philosophy of Kintsugi.
This was the start of the project ‘Mes cicatrices, Je suis d’elles, entièrement tissé‘ (My scars, of them I am fully woven). In a series of photographs and video performance the artist subtly covers the scars of models in leaf gold. Like the broken pottery the scars turn into a sign of power and life instead of a painful memory.
Scars are part of the tapestry of life. They can be powerful reminders of how strong people are – revealing how they have come through life altering events like cancer. However they happened, they all have a story to tell and mark a passage of healing.
Guggenheim: “Every scar tells a story in which we are a hero. It marks a wound that will never disappear.
Albeit it is also the living proof of healing and a symbol that we have conquered our tragedies. My project focuses on the combination of delicacy and power that all human beings have in common.” To be applied maybe in our discovering hands art installation? Who knows ….