Rebuilding after Devastation: Sandra Shashou’s “Broken”

Curious-cool and oddly consoling!

On Art and Aesthetics

Sandra Shashou

London-based Brazilian artist Sandra Shashou has come up with a fascinating series called “Broken” that is all about the act of “rebuilding after devastation”. The sculptures are made up of smashed fragments of vintage fine bone china tea sets, Russian Lomonosov porcelain, Spanish Lladro and Nao ballerina figurines and German bisque Kaiser nudes, dating back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Used and damaged objects are arranged in different formations, given a new identity. The works speak of the human spirit to recover—and ingeniously so—from adversity.

Sandra, who finds inspiration in the Japanese art of kintsugi, explains: “‘Broken’ is about major transformation and the fragility of life. It references bravery, courage and our ability to take on challenges. Something really beautiful can sadly end and then morph into something unimaginable and even more extraordinary.”

The artist believes her fragments unfold like Jackson Pollock’s all-over paintings—only shattered, not…

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