“In the end, everything is resolved, except the difficulty of being, which is never resolved.” ‑Jean Cocteau
The circumstances of life are such that at one point or another something will break us. The loss of a life, a love, a job, a home, will shake our foundation and we will inevitably crumble. We then consider ourselves defeated; disheartened and utterly broken. But there is power in the acknowledgment of brokenness.
Never Not Broken is taken from the Hindu Goddess Akhilanda or the ‘Always Broken Goddess’. “Akhilanda derives her power from being broke: in flux, pulling herself apart, living in different selves [and states of being] at the same time, from never becoming a whole, that has limitations.” (*1)
“Fluid connections, the celebration of ambiguity and a sense of ritual in chaos… deeply invested in the notion of complexity, this work will explore the arena of [brokenness] as an entrée to rapture. Artists working in this mode push the deconstruction and dissolution of centre, definitions and boundaries to reach the sublime terror [and beauty] of placelessness [and brokenness]” *(2)
Brokenness is not indicative of weakness or inability, but rather can be a strong driving force towards creative output as a means of analysis, internalizing, and coping for many artists. This show seeks work that was created from a state of, and acknowledges our, Never Not Brokenness.
(*1) Excerpt from the online article Why Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Bedroom Floor is a Good Idea by Julie Peters, Elephant Journal
(*2) Excerpt from the Essay Beneath the Remains by Shamin M. Momin, The Gothic: Documents of Contemporary Art