Hélène Gugenheim Healing Scars with Gold

Instead of hiding her subjects’ scars, Gugenheim exposes them. In a similar fasion to the traditional Japanese method of kintsugi, she fills the scars with gold, making them shine bright. She wishes to show through her work the idea that we should not hide our scars, that they are a beautiful part of us and our story. By emphasising them with gold she gives the scars properties of beauty, preciousness and splendour. The subject appears to be glowing from within. The backgrounds and skin tones are delicate and compliment the dazzling gold, making it shine out even more. I like this idea of celebrating the imperfect and accepting what cannot be changed.

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