Wabi sabi is an aesthetic that places a particular beauty, into focus.
Old weather worn bee hives ,with distressed paint are used to show the beauty of age, of ageing and of decay. This assemblage depicts wabi sabi at its best. Take the time to appreciate this beauty. This work allows you to use your imagination as to what it depicts, is it a still life, is it a landscape, is it a musical instrument? You have the pleasure of becoming the creator, the artist. This art is not meant to be a passive piece of art. ENJOY.
Art to me can be found in ‘unexpected places’. I have deliberately chosen to use discarded beehives as a medium and to celebrate their beauty.
The challenge to a viewer comes from seeing beauty within these ordinary pieces of discarded materials. I am asking the viewer to forget the traditional constructs of art, to take the time to see a value in looking at their world in a different way. Possibly this a big ask, but as Leonard Cohen writes in his lyrics to his song ‘Anthem’ (1992)
“Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There’s a crack, a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in. “
Twenty years ago, I held a serious solo exhibition entitled ‘Unexpected Beauty – Unexpected places’ and, like Leonard Cohen, my anthem has remained the same…
“Forget your perfect offering…”