Fill each crack and wrinkle with gold

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For the past three weeks or so, I have been posting 1501 Quotes Questions & Pondering on the Creative Process at my Facebook Group Page. I invite you to visit the group and sign up as a member. This is an opportunity to enter into dialogue with a wide range of people. You may post artwork based upon the quote. Add to the collection by posting quotes from your own collection on the FB discussion page. Think of each entry as an idea stimulator.

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When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.

Barbara Bloom

Installation Artist, Curator, Photographer, Designer

b. 1951

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For a synopsis of the book that accompanied The Collections of Barbara Bloom, by Barbara Bloom, at ICP.

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Photograph, paint, draw the face of a wrinkled elder. While you are working, imagine each crack filled with gold. How does that vision change the ways you see the subject? How different would our culture be if we valued elders this way?

Men are not born, but fashioned.

Desiderius Erasmus

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Albrecht Durer the Elder, Self Portrait, Silverpoint, Early 1500’s

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1 Comment on Fill each crack and wrinkle with gold

  1. Ian – I love this post and love your blog. Seeing into a more heart-based industry of creative people is important work and I’m glad to be a witness of your vision. Let’s create more of these important conversations together. Thank you for your work and your spirit!

    Best,

    Joe

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