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Artsy Specialist Picks: Kintsugi (Repaired with Gold) Shou Sugi Ban (Charred Cedar Wood) 4.4.1, 2016 Miya Ando

This exquisite piece by Miya Ando is born from a longstanding tradition of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken objects using lacquer dusted with powdered gold. This tradition comes from the idea that an object’s wear and tear adds to the object’s history rather than marking the item as a defect. Ando’s‘repair’ of the charred wood with lacquer and gold has ties to her longtime preoccupation with Zen Buddhist philosophies of embracing the ephemeral and the imperfect. Similar to her artworks, the artist’s life also has a touch of magic.  She is of both Japanese and Russian heritage, and is a descendant of Bizen sword makers. She was first raised by smith-turned Buddhist priests in Japan then moved to the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California. Now living and working in Brooklyn, the artist has exhibited extensively throughout the world, including the “Frontiers Imagined” Exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale to a more recent solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore in New York this past July.

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Kintsugi (Repaired with Gold) Shou Sugi Ban (Charred Cedar Wood) 4.4.1, 2016 Miya Ando