(v.phr) “to repair with gold”; is a Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for have been broken.
Kintsukoroi, a personal project by Matthew Wareley.
During 2014 Matthew had experienced quite an intense change in his life. Matthew was blessed to have someone in his life at the time that constantly reassured him that it is ok for him to feel everything he felt, and helped him realise that he needed to run towards it, face it boldly and embrace it, as opposed to running from it. Through this he was able to work with and deal with his pain in a way that sent him on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.
During this time some of the spaces he found comfort in was abandoned spaces. Hockey pitches, buildings, schools and many more. Being in those spaces inspired the piece “Abandoned Buildings” he had written for them.
The art of Kintsukuroi and philosophy behind it has inspired Matthew as an artist to not hide or dismiss the pain and heartbreak he has felt throughout his life but to showcase his “cracks” and to put his pieces back together in a beautiful way that not only benefits himself but those around him as well.
There’s something about abandoned buildings
I hear the cries, and the joy, that once was, in its silence
My heart resonates with the mess left behind by those that have come and gone
I feel a sense of wholeness as I walk through their broken walls
Maybe because in that moment, I’m not the only one in pieces, I’m not the only one abandoned.
Maybe because in that moment, I’m not the only one in pieces, I’m not the only one still standing.