Life is a Series of Twisted ForksDerek Hennigar
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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.
“Both the walnut fork and the short walnut log from which the top was sawn were allowed to dry in log form for decades, checking
gracefully. The sapwood of the fork spalted, while that of the top is gone, but with a bit of moss growing on one end. (That’s why
it’s a three way – no one wants to sit on the mossy jagged end.) All four edges of the top are as they were found.”
- Carved and stained walnut
- 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.