I’ve recently been wondering whether there is a phrase or definition for my fascination with weathered surfaces – peeling paint, foxed mirrors, degraded surfaces (as in many of my textured works and flower paintings). So, I was grateful when a fellow artist, Alan Richmond, pointed me in the direction of artist Jazz Green’s website and her current ‘mouldscapes’ series of eerily beautiful, abstract textural images. My attention was particularly caught by one of her posts explaining her influences, which hit the nail on the head for me…
“I draw inspiration from elemental textures of erosion, dereliction, corrosion or quiet decay – striations and traces, surfaces & structures exposed the elements. This is reflected in my interest in Wabi Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic, of finding unassuming beauty or natural harmony in imperfection and transience.”
Inspired by the idea of Wabi Sabi, I looked it up further online and came up with the following (amongst many other posts)…
“Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death…
Sabi by itself means “the bloom of time.” It connotes natural progression-tarnish, hoariness, rust-the extinguished gloss of that which once sparkled. It’s the understanding that beauty is fleeting.”
“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.”
So… now I know… Sabi
And I seem to share my fascination with many other artists around the world.
Thanks Alan, and Jazz!