PORTRAITS FOR HSE HEROES
"My painting of Ingrid is from a photograph taken in happier times having afternoon tea with a friend. I feel I have caught her smile and the twinkle of happiness in her eyes as she raises her cup. What most of us wouldn't do to meet up with friends again!"
Take a closer look and you will see that the cup has been repaired using gold. It is inspired by the Japanese art form kintsugi. The acceptance of transience and things being not quite perfect; beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, reflected in the philosophical idea of embracing beauty in imperfection, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life. This is wabi sabi.
There is a message of hope in the painting. As we heal from damage, loss, grief or trauma we are strengthened by these experiences. Ingrid could tell you a thing or two about that too.
I've called her portrait ' Here's To A Better Day! '