2023 > Amrta - Refuge

Amrta’s solo show “Refuge” is a reflection on the incredible power we have as humans to come back home to the wisdom inside of ourselves. The goal is to make oneself, mind, body, and spirit, into the safest place to call home. “Refuge” and the accompanying art book, “Refuge, Questions to Bring You Back to Yourself,” presents questions on how we can slow down each day and listen to that quiet wealth of knowledge within us. The answers are forever changing, and the most important thing is that we listen to that whisper inside of ourselves and honor it, each and every day.

Gold. In Japanese culture, gold is poured in the cracks of broken pottery. “Golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. The idea is that when the items become broken and the gold is poured in, the item becomes more beautiful. We are the same. Through our suffering, we pour metaphorical gold into the broken parts of ourselves each time we rise up from our suffering. Therefore, fortifying ourselves more and more. Amrta wants to paint everything gold as a reminder that the gold is what we have been all along. Perfect gold. Never broken, but forever breaking to get back to our purest and most perfect state. Amrta carves into these pieces modern statements to keep them light, but also to merge the ancient with the current, the highbrow with the lowbrow.