Kintsugi Drip (1of3) glazed ceramic, 23kt gold, 4X4 SRedemption (in Blue and Gold) 18x18 Encaustic Ginger Pot (Kintsugi) angle view 6X6 Fade to Gold (Kintsugi Vase in 24kts) 60x36 The Dragon and the Seal (maki-e) 10X10 Double Dragon (Chinese Charger, 1500s) 36X36 Saki Cup with Kintsugi (1 of 3) 1.75x2 porcelain with 23kt gold Kangxi Bowl with 22kt gold12X12
Miniature Meipings, acrylic, 6X6 each Winged Dragon (Qianlong Charger with Kintsugi) 16X16 Winged Dragon (Qianlong Charger with Kintsugi) detail Whispering Dragon Yearning (icon II) 40x40 acrylic, mounted panels, white gold Deep Blue (Kintsugi) 36 x 36 with 22kt gold Chu Teh-Chun (Kintsugi #1-10)  

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Out of the artist’s immersion into the world of Byzantium - rich with shimmering gold, mosaics and icons - comes a re-visioning. In the Kintsugi series Capolongo continues to work with elegant Asian pottery, especially of the Ming and Qing dynasties; but now entering into the mix is the art of kintsugi, or kintsukuroi. This is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold or other precious metals. Rather than attempting to deny or disguise the breakage, damage is hi-lighted, becoming part of the object’s history. As in the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, there is an acceptance of the flawed or imperfect. But in hi-lighting and re-presenting the cracks and repairs, it is not brokenness that is celebrated, but redemption. It is the symbolism inherent in the art of kintsugi – a type of metaphor for human healing, renewal or rebirth - that strikes a chord with the artist, who reminds us that beauty and strength can come from picking up the pieces that life leaves us in sometimes, and making something new. In that spirit, the artist often begins his work by literally shattering ceramic-like panels, then assembling and mounting the fragments onto rigid supports.