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James Seet

Wobbly Sabi: Sabi no.10

Wobbly Sabi: Sabi no.10

Year: 2020

Medium: Stoneware ceramic and wood

Dimensions: 28 x 18 x 28


Wobbly Sabi

From young I was taught that perfection is a goal one must always strive to achieve. However, as I’ve journeyed through life as an artist, I've come to realise such an idealised interpretation of reality is both false, and ugly. True art is knowing when to let go, trusting a piece to 'perfect' itself. True beauty is flawed beauty.

In creating this ceramic series, I wanted the clay to ‘speak’ rather than me. I worked with it up to a point and then, let go, inviting it to shape itself to reveal a far more compelling aesthetic truth than I ever could. In so doing, I have come to see and appreciate the inherent wabi-sabiness of our natural world to a far deeper degree as I hope all who view my work will too.

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