SHATTERED – From Anguish to Rebirth
The word ‘shattered’ could sum-up the condition of the world in 2017. Many of us felt our own insignificance and inability to change world events, but these happenings fuelled us to change ‘our own world’ with a call to life, love and compassion. We raised funds, we protested and stood in solidarity, we cried for the loss of life, we prayed for healing and we meditated in hope of better days.
For many artists the notion that things were broken beyond repair felt real. We expressed it in our work, using our art to continue the conversation on being fractured, being pained, and the growth and rebirth that emerges, that is, LIFE. This is highlighted in the works of this exhibition. Some of us discuss all aspects, some of us parts, but collectively we explored the idea that all humanity has its challenges, that we experience differently. We choose our own several ways to work through them.
‘Mushin’ is the Japanese philosophy of "no mind" (無心 mushin), which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life. It is deployed in the Japanese Ceramic Art form ‘Kintsugi’ as the art of broken pieces that treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object rather than something to disguise. Finding the beauty in damage is one of the concepts that this pop-up exhibition aims to relate.
In choosing the location for this show, we thought about the physical spaces we go to when shattered. They are many, but not all suitable for the showing of Art. The St. George Parish Church topped the list. The church has been one of the main patrons of The Arts through the centuries. Through the stained glassed windows, the paintings of enlightened beings, the amazing floral decorations and epitaphs we can feel the connections between anguish, beauty, God and Art.
Artists Alliance Barbados
31 January 2017