Mike Ellis

All Artists Gallery

These works are from an exhibition entitled Flawed Beauty. An exploration of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. “Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. 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. It is simple, slow and uncluttered and it reveres authenticity above all. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings and that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Wabi denotes simplicity and quietude and also incorporates rustic beauty. It includes both that which is made by nature and that which is made by man. It also can mean an accidental or happenstance element which gives elegance and uniqueness to the whole. Sabi means things whose beauty stems from age. It refers to the patina of age and the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable.”

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