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In the Wake of Life

by Stephanie Inagaki

This is a wake for a life/ a dream/a love lost and in the procession of said life/dream/ love. The red thread of fate that connects two people is called musubi in Japanese. I have hope that in the repair of this loss, that all isn’t lost, and that we can grow stronger. The golden fissure over the heart represents kintsukuroi which is the act of repairing a break in ceramics with gold.

This is in conversation with my last drawing, “Hope and Love” which is inspired by loss, the subsequent grief and hope, and Japanese concepts of musubi and kintsukuroi. Musubi has numerous meanings from connecting people, representing the flow of time, knotting- which is also time, unraveling – breaking – connecting human life again. Kintsukuroi means golden repair or more popularly written as kintsugi – golden joinery, the idea to mend something with gold to repair and embrace the flaws.

The framed drawing is 12″ by 10.”

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A Southern California native, Stephanie Inagaki received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Boston University's College of Fine Arts and her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. After studying abroad in Italy and living in major cities around the United States, she has returned to her roots to establish herself as a multifaceted artist in Los Angeles.