Carmen Grier


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

“In the work Fleeting I embraced the aspect of Wabi Sabi related to impermanence. When I was in graduate school, my late friend, Louis Zoellar Bickett, sent me an original poem – “Like It Had Always Been Before” – which speaks of the impermanence of the seasons and what arises within us as it occurs. Louis was a visual artist and writer, funny beyond belief and a very generous dear friend. He encouraged me to use his poetry in my work. I made a silk screen of this poem which I have used all these years. Fleeting speaks to the grace and acceptance Louis had when confronted with his own impermanence. He died of ALS in October, 2017.”

  • Linen, natural dyes, textile paint; stitched
  • 21″tall x 15″wide
  • Will not be shipped until October 10th, once the exhibition has closed
  • Shipping and handling fees will be determined when the piece is ready for delivery
  • 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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