Kintsugi, the venerable Japanese art of mending broken tea ware using lacquer and gold, began during a period of aggressive warring Shogunate leadership. Tea master Sen no Rikyu sacrificed his life to transform the traditional tea ceremony, where great leaders convened, into a setting of humility and peace. As an extension to my paintings and drawings that honor vessels of the human soul, I have become a certified Kintsugi instructor through Academy Kintsugi. During a recent trip to Mumbai, another instructor and I brought Kintsugi to the frontline staff of four organizations who are fighting the bondage of human sex trafficking in the largest red-light district in India. These heroes are bringing justice and righteousness to the women and children who are the victims who not only long to be free from bondage but want to be beautiful again. My Kintsugi photo pays homage to the victims and their champions who are standing firm, fighting the good fight, and bravely practicing the slow art of beholding the brokenness and mending to make new.
Kintsugi approaches Ephesians 6:10-20 from an unusual angle. Instead of strapping on the armor of God to battle against the evils of this world, the Godly protection comes through the painstaking time and patience of trusting the tears of Christ to restore and renew us as we face the daily battles that reveal our brokenness.
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Individual personalities with their subtle nuances are Eva Crawford’s focus as she paints or draws beautiful vessels of the human soul. Her art began at age three and hurdled its way through a BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill, taking a side trip designing furniture, then embracing an unexpected season teaching high school art where her greatest joy was coaching students to be confident and honest through their artmaking. However, the students and her own 5 children, which include a son from Uganda, taught Eva to reevaluate her own beliefs and values which transformed her art to be about humans and their stories. Her portraits are grounded in relationships with those we love, with those we feel compassion, and with those whom we do not yet understand. Eva’s desire is to give visual voice to fellow humans using portraiture to foster ultimate healing in a society and world where we do not take the time to see, listen and hear one another.
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