WABI AND SABI - and the borders of nothingness


In many ways the concept of Wabi/Sabi is the inner quality of the japanese culture concept of beauty, even if often hidden. But like most precious things, you have to make yourself humble to be able to recognize it and feel it. 

It is the beauty of something market by time, of things fading away showing that nothing is eternal and that everything around us are eternally changing, coming closer and closer to the borders of nothingness. 


"Things are either devolving towards or evolving from nothingness.

The purest most idealized form expressing the delicate traces, this faint evidence,

at the borers of nothingness"


"Like homeopatihic medecin the essence of wabi/sabi is aportioned in small doses.

As the dose decreases, the effect becomes more potent, more profound.

The closer things get to nonexistence, the more exquisite and evocative they become" 

(Leonard Koren "Wabi, Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers")


In Wabi/Sabi the NATURNENESS and the SIMPLICITY....the earthyness, the imperfections,

the organic are essential.

Qualities that then got connected to zen buddhism...to just "be here and now".

It helps us to get rid of all that is unnecessary.


I think this concept of beauty has influenced and inspired me in my art since I was 19 and first visited Japan...the moss in the buddhist gardens...the beauty in the small details, in the insignificant we often are passing by and off course the beauty in the emphty space that are never emphty, but filled with presence.


In my paperart I want to express the fragility of the material world, where everything is eternally changing. With my big leaves, I want to show the beauty in the small details of nature we often are passing by...


I thing the WABI/SABI concept are so important in or modern society today, to not forget the inner poetry in life and or inner connections to nature.








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