In the Wake of Life
by Stephanie Inagaki
This is a wake for a life/ a dream/a love lost and in the procession of said life/dream/ love. The red thread of fate that connects two people is called musubi in Japanese. I have hope that in the repair of this loss, that all isn’t lost, and that we can grow stronger. The golden fissure over the heart represents kintsukuroi which is the act of repairing a break in ceramics with gold.
This is in conversation with my last drawing, “Hope and Love” which is inspired by loss, the subsequent grief and hope, and Japanese concepts of musubi and kintsukuroi. Musubi has numerous meanings from connecting people, representing the flow of time, knotting- which is also time, unraveling – breaking – connecting human life again. Kintsukuroi means golden repair or more popularly written as kintsugi – golden joinery, the idea to mend something with gold to repair and embrace the flaws.
The framed drawing is 12″ by 10.”
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