Activate: Market Street Featured Artist Donna Conklin King

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Donna Conklin King
October 15th – December 19th
Storefront Window @ 77 Market Street

Donna Conklin King’s sculptural work focuses on creating beauty from the objects and daily rituals of life, sometimes-domestic life, seeking to transform them into beautiful and desirable objects and artifacts. Adapting the concept of Kintsugi, Conklin King seeks to create beauty from the broken and undesirable. A break or crack is nothing more than a view to history, deeply rooted in a strong foundation.

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. As a philosophy, it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”

Using plaster and gold leaf, Donna will transform the Activate: Market Street exhibition space into a large (12’ +) “root” that has broken through the ground, creating a crack in the surface, a crack that will be filled with gold leaf. Symbolic of Newark’s history and current rise, the roots of the community and the history of the city are at once recognized as beautiful, desirable and invincible.