September 26, 2020 - November 05, 2020
Perfection is static, it gives little room to feel, connect, learn, and to grow. The small glitches in nature, in human behavior, interactions and experiences are what makes life interesting and are catalysts for positive change and innovation. Aiminig at perfection – be it in our personal or professional lifes, appearances in or in art making – deprives us from experiencing the beauty and tenderness of the in-between, the flawed space, from which intimate connections and interpretations can arise.More so, does perfection exist at all, or is it rather an ever elusive idea which leaves us permanently unsettled and dissatisfied? What happens when we leave behind the binary of perfection and imperfection and celebrate the depth and possibilities that inhibit any imperfect moment, experience or image?
The common expression ‚perfectly imperfect’ often refers to human relationships meaning to stress that a person is appreciated as ‚perfect’ in their ‚imperfect’, flawed being. It often also refers to a positive perception of ourselves – our appearance, character and whole being. In a more metaphorical sense, the Japanese art of ‚kintsugi’ celebrates the imperfection by repairing cracked pottery with gold lacquer. Instead of hiding the flaws, the individuality which it adds to the object is highlighted. This practice derived from the Zen Buddhist concept ‚wabi-sabi’ which embraces a world view based on the appreciation of imperfection, transcience and impermanence. The story of the cracked tea pot from ancient Chinese culture further highlights this approach to life, the world and the self: