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 #wabisabi.
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! '
#portraitsforhseheroes was the tag that went up on Instagram on April 22nd. The initiative began in the UK as an artist's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and quickly caught on here. Artists wishing to show appreciation for HSE front line workers posted on social media that they were willing to paint a free portrait for the first HSE front line worker to contact them or to be nominated.