Visible Mending by Karen Goetzinger

Visible Mending by Karen Goetzinger

Visible Mending is an exhibition of gestural abstraction paintings that expressively and exuberantly capture the emotional response of frequently overlooked, modest moments in our daily lives. Moments that illuminate our humanity and our longing to connect with each other.

Finding beauty in imperfection is a trend quickly gaining momentum. It manifests itself in a renewed interest in kintsugi, the Japanese ancient art of repairing broken ceramic and porcelain objects with gold, the densely layered and stitched patchwork called boro, and the desire to mend contemporary clothing rather than throwing it away and buying new. All are methods of visible mending, with simple tools, that intentionally highlight imperfections.

We too bear signs of visible mending. It is often the simple, seemingly inconsequential things of life that can become a gradual healing balm: the first day of spring that gives hope for the future, the recognition of the swaying adaptability of the willow, the random words or acts of kindness from a stranger. The mending can be slow, yet with increasing visible restoration to the attentive eye. Resolute resilience can be found in what may at first seem vapid.

This collection of emotive large scale paintings hang in a combination of stretched canvases and un-stretched, in the manner of weavings or tapestries. Several of the paintings consist of canvases that have been pieced together, with hand stitching, from smaller pieces of canvas. They hang un-stretched thereby creating a symbolic correlation to the mending of textiles. They reinforce the proposition of visible mending and further support the idea of the beauty found in “imperfection.”

On display at Preston Square/Waterford Exhibition Space at 347 Preston Street and available online at Santini Gallery. 


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