A Ripple In The Stuff Of The Univers II, Fragile, Brussels, 2015
"I came from a family of repairers. The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn't get mad. She weaves and repairs it." Louise Bourgois.
It makes me wonder how a spiders web can be so strong and fragile at the same time. Like life itself. Like our bodies. So strong. People would survive a plane crash, falling out of the sky, hundred of meters, having nothing, not a scratch. And then, someone would fall from a bar-chair and stand up with a french accent, because something is broken in the structure. It makes me wonder how people can keep their mental health in extremely troubled circumstances and others are depressive while they live in peace, have a room with a roof, can eat to their end and are surrounded with love. So I was wandering around in the stress field between force and fragility and one day I came across these japanese method of glueing broken ceramics together with golden lack, called Kintsugi. This way the objects moment of fragility is pointed out. That pushed a button in me and I came across all these stories about glueing and repairing and it all has to do with acceptance of what is: this is it, how Thich Nhat Hanh says: THIS IS IT.