Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places

Lately I have been inspired by Eastern aesthetics and ideas. I really resonate with the idea of wabi sabi, a Japanese philosophy that finds beauty in imperfection. This dovetails nicely with my thoughts on Kintsugi, an ancient method of repairing broken pottery with a mixture of epoxy and precious metals like gold and silver. Rather than trying to conceal the cracks and flaws, this art form seeks to emphasize them, lending an ethereal beauty to the finished piece. 

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
— "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

The art of golden joinery, pictured here, proves something I have suspected for years: it is our flaws that make us beautiful. Our mistakes and missteps have much to teach us, when we are able to humble ourselves enough to learn from them. Now is the perfect time to take stock, fix things that are broken, and be honest about our flaws. 

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When we are brave enough to face the cracks, the imperfections, and the ravages of time, we become wiser and stronger than before. It takes courage and skill to repair something broken, and make it more lovely than before. This ancient art no doubt inspired Paige Bradley's masterful sculpture, Expansion, shown below.

Let the Light In!

Molly J. Anderson

Program Director