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Donna Conklin King

508 Eagle Rock Avenue
Essex County, NJ 07068, U.S.A.
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Phone: 9737681123     Fax: 9737681123

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 If I weren’t an artist, I might have been a scientist. I enjoy experimenting with unusual materials and methods and am fascinated by the simple alchemy of transforming humble materials, often trash, into things of beauty with texture and depth.

I love White Portland cement. It is a durable, historic material that looks and feels like bones or fossils. I love the simplicity and purity of white. That said, colorful porcelain tchotchkes, china, dryer lint, concrete castings from empty food containers and other objects can be found in my pieces. The environment, gender, nutrition and food are recurring themes in the work, often borrowing from the concept of Kintsugi.   Translated to “golden joinery,” Kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold. Philosophically, Kintsugi celebrates an objects unique history by emphasizing its imperfections instead of hiding or disguising them, often making the repaired object even more beautiful than the original.