Nobody’s Perfect

Sandy Rowland


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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.

“A lot of serious thinking was employed, involving but not limited to Time’s winged chariots at my back, mortality and last chances looming over my head, clouds tossing and turning to reveal a rainbow (at last!!!). All that was exhausting and increasingly dreary and unsatisfactory.

Rummaging around for something (else) I’d misplaced, I turned up Mr. Potato Head. He fit the qualifications. Nothing’s ever perfect, nothing’s ever finished, nothing lasts forever! And – in my childhood we used real potatoes and every kid knows “potatoes
have eyes”, so if there is a piece out, things will be all right. Maybe not perfect, but all right is okay with me.”

  • “Mr. PH” image saved since some time in 1990s, all cotton, double batting; all prewashed, quilted in French knots, text in embroidery threads
  • Approximately 28″ x 28″ x 1/2″
  • Will ship the first week of June, after the exhibition is closed
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018
  • Made in NC

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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