Livia Marin - Nomad Patterns

Ceramic, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Livia Marin - Broken Things

Photo, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Livia Marin - Nomad Patterns

Ceramic, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Livia Marin - Broken Things

Artist's impression of a photographic installation

Broken Things

Photography, paper, gold thread, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

In Broken Things, various discarded or obsolete ceramic objects are photographed in a studio-like setting. The printed photographic images are torn then put back together with delicate stitching in gold thread, making reference to the Japanese technique of kintsugi or 'golden repair'; an ancient technique of restoring ceramic objects with lacquer and gold to replace those parts of the object that were missing or broken. It is an approach to restoration and preservation that mends without disguising the history of the object, making a feature of the broken area through its mended golden fractures.

Livia Marin

Livia Marin is a London-based Chilean artist whose work has been characterized throughout her artistic practice by large-scale installations and the appropriation of mass-produced and mass-consumed objects. Central to the work is a trope of estrangement that works to reverse an excess of familiarity that commands the life of the everyday and the dictates of the marketplace.

Marin's work has been exhibited internationally, including in Chile, Brasil, Columbia and London, in both solo and group shows.