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Catastrophic 4: Kintsugi Bones | 2020

Catastrophic 4: Kintsugi Bones | 2020

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Original artwork by Jo Victoria.

Porcelain, black stain, kintsugi gold resin, copper wire, 90 cm x 90 cm x 90 cm, 2020. 

'Last Summer, catastrophic fires devastated the South Coast of NSW. Millions of animals and birds were killed along with many people. These bones are a reminder of this loss.

The Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, using gold to repair broken porcelain, rendering the original pieces more valuable, has been used here, as has the bleaching and decorating of bones that occurs in some cultures.  I have created this piece to suggest that trying to fix the broken bones, or trying to clear and care for them, won’t bring them back to life. Rather, our efforts need to focus on repair our broken ecological systems and addressing the causes of climate change.'