This original painting is 5x7 inches, painted on professional watercolor paper. It is painted with a mixture of watercolor and gouache.
I wanted to create this piece to represent the collective woman. We are intimately connected by the unique difficulties that come with being a woman. This piece is inspired by a Japanese pottery technique called Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"). The broken pottery is fixed using a gold lacquer, which reattaches the pieces together and makes it whole again.
The purpose of this technique is to honor and highlight the history of the piece. It treats the breakage the piece has endured as something of beauty. I have been enraptured with this technique ever since I learned about it many years ago in my pottery class. It makes me emotional to just talk about.
We are all broken in different ways. Some of us get injured physically, some of us deal with mental health illness, others of us fight eating disorders and feel at war with our body. But I believe that our struggles and our broken pieces make us all the more beautiful.
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