Artist’s Statement

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of adorning and repairing broken ceramics with a lacquer mixed with powdered gold, highlighting the imperfections rather than hiding them. This art practice is a reminder of the beauty of human fragility and teaches us to use the brokenness of life to highlight beauty rather than hide repairs.

As a healthcare worker during the fog of COVID, I felt broken under clouds of sadness. I felt my soul was shattered. As I healed, I needed to embrace my artistic side, desiring to create beauty to repair the sorrow in my heart and the brokenness I saw in the world.

My quilts and wall hangings are a Kintsugi of sorts. I use fabrics with meaning and history, fabrics that are repurposed into something beautiful, something that could be a source of warmth, a covering, and a comfort. My drawings, paintings and textile arts are a way to connect with this broken world, to slow down time, to find the beauty in shadow and light, value and hue.