Having experienced mental health issues, Celie has chosen the concept of Kintsugi to represent her personal experience of depression over the years and where she is today after medication, cognitive behavioural therapy and now art.
The willow pattern represents the familiar… the every day, and what could be more familiar, more every day than a willow patterned cup of tea. But as with the willow pattern, the familiar is more complex and detailed than we appreciate.
The philosophy behind the use of Kintsugi is to display the repair which in turn is represented as part of a person’s history which should be valued and appreciated. It can be a series of breakages that makes a person whole.
Celie Byrne is a Scottish contemporary, multi-disciplinary artist based in Fife. Since her inclusion in the 2011 BP Portrait Award Exhibition with ‘Teenage Dirtbag’, a painting of her then teenaged son, Celie has become prolific in the intervening years. She predominantly paints portraits but can also be seen up scaffolding, brush in hand, to produce large scale murals as part of Kelty Street Art, or tooled up to collaborate with fellow artists to reimagine once loved but neglected spaces to form thoughtful and political installations. Celie has works in numerous private collections. Her most recent self-portrait was acquired by the Northern Ireland Civil Service and is now part of Stormont Estate permanent collection.