WABI AND SABI - and the borders of nothingness


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

It is the beauty of something market by time, of things fading away showing that nothing is eternal and that everything around us is 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 borders of nothingness"


"Like homoeopathic medicine, the essence of Wabi/Sabi is apportioned 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 NATURALNESS and the SIMPLICITY....the earthiness, the imperfections,

organic is 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 of course the beauty in the empty space that is never empty, but filled with presence.


In my paper art, 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 think the WABI/SABI concept is so important in or modern society today, to not forget the poetry in life and or inner connections to nature.