Mrittika Mandal


Class of: 2025

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Plaster and Installation

Faculty: Carolyn Salas

Prompt: Body Hybrid: Connectivity Versus Detachment

Through this piece I wished to illustrate that one must accept that things change and evolve..we need to learn to embrace them. As they say, we grow through what we go through. What you see in my piece below is the story of a puppeteer and his need to constantly “fix himself”. He is struggling with his identity, trying to pick apart each flaw. What he doesn’t realize is that his biggest imperfection is his need to be perfect. That feeling is so forceful that it crumbles him. The first image shows the broken pieces, laid out with rope and wire, ready to be fixed. A sort of “workspace”. I wanted to depict the beauty that lies in piecing the puppeteer back together. I have related this progression to Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics not by trying to hide the cracks but by embracing them and creating something even more beautiful. I hope that I was able to illustrate that everyone is imperfectly perfect, a collection of flaws and strengths creating our own unique identity.