Photographs on Textured Canvas 6x6
I have always loved peeling paint, crumbling brick and corroding metal. I am fascinated by the way time works its magic, adding interest to surfaces. In May 2012 while researching metal resources, I discovered Wabi Sabi. I did not know there was an existing term to describe the aesthetic of seeing beauty in decay.
Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy that accepts, appreciates and admires transience and imperfection and the natural cycle of life - growth, decay and death. It reveres the dents, the scratches and all other marks that time, weather and loving use create. It venerates each phase - the bud is as beautiful as the bloom, that fades to become the seed that will create a new flower. This is the inspiration for my work.
"Imperfection is in some way essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be, rigidly perfect as part of it is decaying, part nascent. And in all things that live there are certain irregularities and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. To banish imperfection is to banish expression, to check exertion, to paralyse vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed. ~John Rushkin
I paint the fronts and edges of each canvas with a thick icing-like mixture to create some texture. Then I paint them with a pearl finish so that the photos shimmer a bit when printed. The final stage is to coat them with a UV protective coating.