If everyone wore a beige jumpsuit, or even a black one, seamlessly ironed and perfectly put together, everyday the same outfit would you want one too? Would you dare to wear something different or would you follow the rest? As much as we hate to admit it we would probably wear it, even if we hated it… because we are conditioned to believe that we’re supposed to live in the same way as everyone else, act the same as everyone else and look the same. Especially with how social media has taken over our lives and economy over the past 15 year, now more than ever do we feel a desperation and need to fit in and conform, it’s a natural thing and part of our make up.
In today’s society we are more liberal and open that ever before, yet we are more anxious, depressed, stressed and unhappy than any other generation before us. Without a doubt this is increased by the huge pressure of what we see online everyday, people with perfect skin and perfect partners. Toned figures and beautiful families, seemingly wealthy and happy… and we are now all striving for this perfection, living a lie online so that people we don’t even know think we are “living our best life”. We look at this for sometimes hours a day wishing our lives were like the person in the photo.
Perfection is unobtainable, it’s impossible and if anyone tells you they’re lives are truly perfect then they’re lying. I believe that there is perfection in moments, and in our flaws. Those are the things that make us unique and beautiful, and this is something I always try to portray through my art work. The cracks and breaks in the paintings represent these “imperfections” in our lives, that actually make our lives beautiful and give us a story to tell. The gold reflects how our damaged bits made us that bit more special. Like the Japanese art of Kintsugi, in which they repair broken pottery by using gold lacquer, that creates the most stunning pieces. I use this as inspiration for my work and feel like it creates a more interesting view to look at and analyse.
I used to strive for perfection my work and myself, trying to be the ultimate version of what I thought I was and who I thought I should be, but once you stop trying and be yourself for all the good parts and the broken ones you will be ultimately happier, and a lot more interesting than a person who is trying to fit in with the crowd.. If we just let or golden breaks shine a little more we could all be the art of imperfection.