KINTSUGI: Repaired, Restored, Reborn
a new series of monotypes by Joanne Simon
“Kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery using lacquer mixed with precious metals, such as gold. Kintsugi symbolically encourages us not to hide flaws and wounds, but to bear them visibly and discover the beauty revealed by imperfection.
The traumas of climate change, natural disasters, pandemic, politics and war have left the world in pieces. In this series, I explore the Japanese concept of Kintsugi, which reminds us of our capacity to repair, restore, and find beauty in the rebirth of that which has been broken.” - Joanne Simon
Joanne Simon has been showing her artwork at honeyjones over the last two years. Originally showing monotypes from her Mariposas series, she returned with the series Love Eternal as part of honeyjones' Nudes exhibition in 2021 and again in 2021 with a solo show, Amazing Grace: Precious Wings and is currently sharing her series inspired by the tradition of kintsugi. For those who have followed Joanne's recent journeys and passage through cycles of inspirations in her artwork, it is gratifying to recognize the familiar graceful touch and complex weaving of form, color and design inherent in her work.
Her kintsugi series, many months in the making, is originally inspired by a culmination of observed and appreciated occurrences ...as often it is not just one, but several convening moments that prompts one to collect, reflect and pull back together again a semblance that speaks not only of the healing moments of the restorative creative process itself but as a symbolic keeper and reminder of a wholeness or simple truth.