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Beauty In the Broken

Artist: Susan M. Davis

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In the Japanese wabi-sabi tradition, there is a technique of mending broken pottery called “kintsugi”, where the shards of the vessel are mended with gold, resulting in piece of art more precious and beautiful than the original, intact vessel.
The idea of kintsugi applied to humanity - discovering the gold in each

individual -inspires Susan M. Davis’s series of mixed media pieces. In life, everyone experiences times of being broken. Some of us are more resilient than others, our cracks not as deep, nor the shards of our life as shattered.

But within each one of us, sometimes buried very deep,

there is something precious and golden.

“Invisible But Not Forgotten” incorporates images evocative of the shards of life in many homeless persons’ experience, along with a glimpse of the humanity that resides, sometimes hidden so very deep as to be invisible.


“Inside the Shell” is the visual interpretation of the essence of the

A Place To Call Home project.

"They are Us and we are Them. We are One."

“What It Takes” exemplifies the concept of kintsugi, reclaiming beauty from broken things, and rediscovering the beauty in the

brokenpeople through empathy, compassion, and love.

“Empathy” is a poignant reminder that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.

The artist is donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of her work to sustain the ongoing project, Voices of Our Story.

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