Last night was the ‘Spring Into Summer Exhibition’ Private View and Talk at Baker Tilly in Guildford, Surrey.
I had the honour of giving the talk which covered my reintroduction to printmaking, my views on public access to art (which I spoke about in this blog), Wabi-Sabi and the thoughts and ideas behind the prints I was exhibiting.
The room was packed, some ‘Dutch Courage’ was needed but by the lovely feedback I’ve had since then, it all seemed to go very well.
So thanks to all that attended. Onto the next print, as they say.
For those interested, Wabi-Sabi in its barest essence, is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection. It’s the beauty of things modest and humble. Wabi-Sabi is simple, slow, and uncluttered. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Wabi-Sabi embraces corrosion and the unfinished as adding to the experience. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. So as you can see, Wabi-Sabi can be about the smallest of objects or a life encompassing view.
I became interested in Wabi-Sabi when it was explained to me by another artist at the Ochre Print Studio. When I came back to printmaking I didn’t want to get obsessed with creating editions or get too involved with the craft at the expense of getting the ideas out onto paper. This was different for me as I had been a perfectionist in my printmaking. Now I wanted to embrace the journey the silkscreen process took me on and wanted to not only be happy with this but embrace the imperfections.