I had always felt isolated from the Japanese side of my identity, especially since I grew up in a small town away from my relatives. In art, both writing and visual, I have found myself dealing with this disconnection by engaging in traditional Japanese concepts and expressions. ‘Kintsugi Figure’ is a piece that restructures the art of kintsugi, the repairing of broken pottery with lacquer and gold dust, into one that is reflected on the human form. I have learned that participation in these concepts has helped me understand and value my Japanese family roots.
Maxwell Suzuki is a Japanese American writer and artist who has recently graduated from USC. He is currently writing a novel on the generational disconnect of Japanese American immigrants and their children. Some of his other work can be found at www.lindenandbuckskin.com.