Christine Kosiba


This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.

“Wabi Sabi speaks to the natural cycle of growth and impermanence. I find the lines of the tree root used in Grounded to be stunning. Knowing that they once were part of a larger system that supported and grounded a tree is compelling. How many
birds sheltered in that tree’s branches, did it bear fruit or seeds, did it provide shelter for the small girl now grown? Change is inevitable and Wabi Sabi implores the viewer to see the beauty in that change. As many indigenous cultures see Raven as
the messenger from the spirit world, it seems fitting to bring it to this sculpture. We, like the tree, are beauty, change and impermanence.”

  • Ceramic, found wood, metal base; hand sculpted
  • 24″ x 24″ x 10″
  • This piece has been SOLD
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its third exhibition for the 2018 year with Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection in the Folk Art Center’s main gallery upstairs. It features 60 objects from makers of the Guild that showcase this traditional Japanese aesthetic of honoring the beauty of flaws. Works focus on juxtapositions of symmetry through gnarled wooden sculptures, rough textures in a wall hanging’s fabric, or a woven pattern’s simplicity.
Curator Nikki Josheff received an overwhelming number of submissions for this exhibition. “It has been exciting to see the membership’s enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi,” she said. “With our history of cultivating fine craft for more than eight decades, there’s often an expectation of perfection within our community. Our jury process is rigorous, and done through peer-evaluation to uphold a standard within a designated media.” Wabi Sabi encourages participants to let go of creative pressures, perhaps expectations of perfection, that may limit one’s imagination. Instead, it challenges makers to work with flaws, or other brokenness within their process.


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