Old Screen Door

Janice MacDonald


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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.

“Too good to throw away-not good enough to save-what possible use are you? I asked myself as I looked at the torn and worn screen door through which so many generations had passed. Every entrance or exit was a moment that could make a life altering change or be a good or bad decision – the Grand Central Station of their lives. This old, dilapidated wooden structure frame was an eye on the world, long time forgotten and abandoned.

I remember looking through that door at a much cherished and cared for split leafed philodendron, where so much attention and love was given because it had been a gift from someone special. The plant was taken out to the front porch when the weather warmed up and it flourished and grew and then was brought back inside to soak up the heat from a sunny window and wait until spring again. When its caretaker was no longer able to lift it, love it and care for it, so went the life of both the plant and its guardian – moving one last time through the screen door, first one and then the other. One growing stronger and taller over the years; the other becomes bent and weaker as time passed. Both going through the screen door – together in harmony with time.”

  • Copper tubing, copper wire, screen door wire, copper salt, metallic faux finish
  • 50″high x 25″wide x 12″deep
  • 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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