Eastern Illinois University

Yoko Ono: Mend Piece

Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece (1966/2015) calls to mind the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. The work encourages participants to transform the fragments of broken china, which are both delicate and dangerous, into new objects. Mend Piece is closely tied to Ono’s beliefs: the contemplative or meditative act of mending is intended to lead to healing of oneself and one’s community, and, further, to healing wounds created by violence and hatred. With straightforward directions, the artist asks participants to let go of pretension and consider larger ideas. Ono’s words may be read on the installation’s wall: “Mend with wisdom/mend with love./It will mend the earth/at the same time.” Yoko Ono’s work radically questions the division between art and the everyday, the artist and the viewer. Participating in Mend Piece, one experiences Ono’s unique practice both intellectually and physically.

Times and prices

Times
09/24 at 10:00 am through 12/04 at 4:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Free

Performance Location

Tarble

Tarble