Turtle Haven Sanctuary and The Forest Hermitage is grateful to have the Animus River painting as their “signature.” The Hermitage is a place where the cracks hold the possibility of letting in the light for the alchemical transformation of golden repair.
Artist, Debra Goldman writes, “Feeling the pull and the ache of a rapidly shifting planet, Kintsugi is a Japanese word meaning 'golden repair'. In a multitude of ways I apply this practice symbolically to represent the repairing of the cracks and fissures of our culture and our planet. A scar is not only the site of injury but more importantly a place of healing. In August of 2015 the EPA inadvertently released toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. This environmental disaster released golden waters into the Animas River, the river turning yellow from the oxidation of dissolved iron in the escaped water. An aerial view of the combined watershed of the Animas and San Juan Rivers appeared like a golden thread snaking through the western half of the state.”