Dear Laura and Friends,
I had mentioned earlier about my interest of the rusty and weathered. I have always included this in my work and was recently pointed to resources about this called Wabi Sabi.
The meaning of this term from Wikipedia is:
“Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness, and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object. Sabi is beauty or serenity that comes with age, when the life of the object and its impermanence are evidenced in its patina and wear, or in any visible repairs.”
I collect and collage objects (natural and artificial). My collections of weathered stones, rusted metal, books, or antique objects found in thrift stores or roadsides serve as direct physical connections to the subject matter I study in my work. These weathered artifacts are a tangible link from my past, growing up with antique-dealer parents and to my present as a visual artist reflecting on culture. Working with found objects enhances my ability to create this personal and physical connection in ways that just drawing onto a flat plane cannot.
In writing this post, I wonder if this idea of wabi sabi has touched other artists (and non-artists) as something of beauty. Perhaps others may think of it as an ugly mess. I will leave you all with a few photos from a walk I took recently downtown Charleston. Are these a moment of beauty or not?