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Alpana Vij, What do I see when I see a fallen leaf? (Vermont, USA, Fall 2021)
Dried leaf and 24k gold thread on handmade joomchi paper
Dimensions: 21cm x 19cm
Artist Alpana Vij's stitched leaf works echo the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, where a cracked ceramic piece is repaired with gold, transforming it into something new, rare and more beautiful than the original.
Vij carefully chooses each decaying leaf - cleaning, drying and pressing it, before painstakingly stitching its torn and broken parts together with vintage pure gold thread. The stitched leaf, given new life, is mounted on handmade joomchi paper and framed in climate-sealed museum-quality glass.
This one-of-a-kind work of art features a leaf collected by the artist while in Vermont, USA in the fall of 2021.