Kintsukuroi – Alchemical Gold
I saw this image on Facebook and just had to bring it here. This version of the image is slightly enhanced with both colour saturation, increased contrast, and a few other slight touches. The ceramic bowl in this image is repaired using gold powder sprinkled on top of a lacquer resin. The result then becomes more beautiful.
The Japanese invented this technique Kintsukuroi / Kintsugi for repairing ceramics. I have recently read a few articles that speak of how we humans seem to repair ourselves in a similar fashion. Rather than denying the broken parts of our psyche, we embrace those broken parts in order to heal them. We carry the scars of our brokenness with us as we continue our life’s journey. Yet, those scars have been turned into gold, alchemical gold.