SAMUEL Johnson announced the tragic death of his beloved sister Connie by posting this stunning black-and-white photograph. Here’s what the picture means.
Posted on the Love Your Sister Facebook page last night, the caption on the black-and-white photograph alerted supporters that Connie had lost her long battle with cancer.
The image, which appears to have been taken some time ago, depicts Connie holding up a ceramic bowl while looking solemnly at the camera.
Some have theorised that the picture represents the tireless fundraiser’s plea for donations to the charity she set up with her brother Samuel Johnson.
But, as Johnson explained, the bowl has a far deeper and more profound message.
“The ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi embraces flaws and imperfections,” he wrote in a comment.
“This idea behind the art of repairing pottery with gold suggests that the cracks are simply an event in life, they don’t represent an end, and can make things stronger, even more beautiful.
“I love this photo on a philosophical level, but also, because in this photo, Connie is so openly giving and receiving. Never taking. That’s why I wanted to share it with you. xsammy”.
Believed to have originated in the late 15th century, Kintsugi draws upon the Japanese philosophy of “no mind” (mushin), which espouses non-attachment, acceptance of change and human fate.
It has been linked to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.
“Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated ... A kind of physical expression of the spirit of mushin,” explains Kitsungi expert Christy Bartlett in Flickwerk: The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics.
Connie’s huge tribe of supporters have poured out their love and sympathy for the Johnson family, with more than 55,000 commenting on the photograph.
“So sorry for your loss Sam, sending lots of love to you and the family xxx what an inspirational women she was,” wrote Barbara Blokkeerus.
“Sam, Connie is just resting and waiting for you to come along a crack of your own to come take her hand again and lead her on to more mischievous things,” said Lauren Luci.
Leonie Gurr commented: “Her gold shone through x”, while Tanya Caunce wrote: “Without flaws, it is bland and uninteresting.”