Rachel Sussman had an idea for an awesome art project, and Awesome Without Borders backed her with their $1,000 grant.
“Sidewalk Kintsukuroi” is a new artwork bringing some loving attention to cracks, margins, connections, and repairs! This artwork expands on the traditional Japanese art of Kintsukuroi (meaning “to repair with gold;” traditionally performed on ceramics) taking it, literally, out into the streets.
At the heart of the idea of such “golden repair” is that something is made more beautiful for having been broken – a deeply poetic take on healing and celebrating the beauty in our flaws. Sussman’s aim is to create something beautiful that connects with the nature of change in the natural and human-structured world, and also resonates with the personal repair we all undertake on ourselves from time to time.
Her first site-specific installation of Sidewalk Kintsukuroi will be created at MASS MoCA this spring as part of a new exhibition entitled “The Space Between” (See the exhibition page for more details: http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=1051)
Sussman will be “repairing” the cracks in the outdoor museum courtyard with various resins and gold pigments for the exhibition opening April 16, 2016.