Wabi Sabi

While wabi sabi is identified as a Japanese aesthetic, it is a timeless perspective on life that resonates across cultures. It has been inspirational throughout my life and led to this collection of digitally woven tapestries. The imagery involved comes from a series of photographs taken at wabi sabi moments in my life that capture life’s impermanence in slow-motion  –  moments, details, always changing, never to be replicated. In the translation process the images become more abstracted in nature and less representational... more open to interpretation and the imagination.

At the time of taking the originals, I was captivated by what I saw as natural abstractions, vignettes of everyday life filled the viewfinder with the beauty of imperfection, irregularity and texture… colorful, sun-drenched Mexican plaster walls chipped, broken, patinaed with age and human intervention  –  the stark contrast of black and white messaging on a LA side-street soon to be faded in the California sun  –  bright red painted hoarding with Hanzi markings along the historic Shanghai boardwalk that would soon reveal a plethora of benign high-end boutiques found anywhere  –  shadows and folds on a faded, vintage Shibori hanging in a small, Osaka shopkeeper’s window. 

Wabi Sabi San Miguel de Allende - Prune

54" X 73"

Digitally woven tapestry

Wabi Sabi Shanghai - Red

54" X 73"

Digitally woven tapestry

Wabi Sabi Los Angeles - Black/White

54" X 73"

Digitally woven tapestry

Wabi Sabi Osaka - Indigo

54" X 73"

Digitally woven tapestry

Wabi Sabi San Miguel de Allende  - Coral

54" X 73"

Digitally woven tapestry