October 27, 2021

Is There a Need for Perfection?

Kate Shek

Coloured Pencil, Acrylic, WatercolourRestoration, 2021

As humans we always try to outdo ourselves, constantly working on self-improvement. During this process we compare ourselves to others and we notice our “flaws” and shortcomings. We begin to realise we can never reach the unrealistic standard of perfection we have set ourselves. This then gives birth to a heavy burden of hatred, fear and self-deprecation. Due to the bombardment of societal influences many people become ashamed and self-conscious of their physical appearance or life experiences. It swells into a suppression of potential because people do not think they can achieve their goal or even just live life to the fullest. They are being held back by these seeds of doubt sown by society. But these “flaw” marks only make our vessel of life even more true to being human. I have portrayed this idea in my piece with the Japanese art of repairing with gold (kintsugi). The philosophy of kintsugi is to highlight and embrace imperfections. The blue and white porcelain figure symbolises the fragility and pricelessness of life. As a society we should encourage the acceptance of flaws, as they are a natural part of being human.