Encaustic and rust monotypes

Here’s some more new experiments with rust, wax, tea and ink. I’m enjoying not feeling constrained by paper size and shape. Whether these eventually end up as mounted and framed work is beside the point. I’m learning more about the way these materials behave with every mark I make.

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Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi.  Tea, rust on Japanese paper.
Wabi Sabi. Tea, rust on Japanese paper.

I discovered some references to Wabi Sabi recently. The term seems to convey things that I am interested in expresssing in my work.

Wabi-sabi  represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Read about it here.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Rust and Tea. Monotype on Japanese Paper
Rust and Tea. Monotype on Japanese Paper