Evidence of Path

Erin Keane

$450.00

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Description

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

“Encaustic monotype is a printmaking process that involves melting encaustic paint (beeswax, resin, pigment) onto a heated palette and printing the images onto paper. It is a quick, spontaneous process with somewhat unpredictable results. I’ve worked with encaustic methods for years and the monotype process has intrigued me, but also intimidated me, as I have a strong perfectionist nature.

I approached this artwork from an angle that would allow me to explore monotype in a non-intimidating way, creating a large quantity of prints and sandwiching them between hand-torn pages. The prints are an important part of the whole structure, and the designs peek through on the edges and spine, but the individual images are not overtly visible. This sculptural book includes every single print – even the ones with imperfections – embracing the Wabi Sabi of the process. The pages are sewn into concentric circles, tying the prints together and illustrating the evidence of path in my explorations.”

  • Encaustic monotype prints on Japanese Masa paper, handtorn pages, waxed linen thread, refined beeswax on cradled wood base
  • 5″high x 12″wide x 12″wide
  • Will ship the first week of June, after the exhibition is closed
  • 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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