Kintsugi – Broken Art//Healing Heart

I am fascinated with the Japanese technique of kintsugi. This ancient art form, which translates to “golden joinery”, is the act of healing broken pottery with gold, thus making it more durable and beautiful than it was before it was broken. This art form highlights the perceived flaw instead of masking it. I believe this physical technique can appeal to our emotions as well, and I began looking for a way to expand this way of thinking into a dimensional, tactile form of photography.

I started this collection with a literal translation – breaking and healing plates – and soon expanded into other areas. Love can break us, how we see the world can break us. But just because we’ve been broken once doesn’t mean we’re destined for the rubbish pile. We can pick ourselves up and move forward, while showing the world that even though we gained some cracks along the way, there’s nothing to hide. In fact, we can own our flaws as a thing of beauty.

What a brave, beautiful metaphor for life. ~ Tracy

 Tracy’s road to fine art photography was not a straight path. Educated as a paralegal, Tracy worked in the legal field until her first daughter was born in 2011. While happily settled into life as a stay-at-home mom, she found herself seeking a creative outlet. Photography was a natural fit, as capturing memories of her growing family had reignited her interest in photography.

Troutman is a self taught photographer. In addition to studying photography techniques, she enjoys studying other artists and mediums. Her influences include the paintings of Andrew Wyeth and John Register, the poetry of Margaret Atwood and Sylvia Plath, and the photography of Edward Weston and Dave Heath. She also enjoys collecting and shooting with antique film cameras.

Tracy lives in Marysville, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters in their circa-1880 home, which provides plenty of inspiration and also doubles as her studio.