The Departing Year
Since my father’s illness and subsequent death a year ago, I’ve been drawn to the concept of the soul departing the body, of our ephemeral nature in the larger scheme of the universe, and how our physical bodies take on their own unique texture and patina with age and suffering.
Through the study of Wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic and worldview centered around the acceptance of transience and imperfection, I found a peace in my loss and an appreciation in the stripes life marks our existence with; a beauty in brokenness, the acceptance of the cycle of life and death.
I represent this impermanence through organic vessels, misshapen and torn - accepting the beautiful folds, breaks, and deformations that occur as they are formed. They are the color of bone, bleached and raw. The natural openings that occur are dramatic and purposeful, exit paths recording the soul’s release.