|Heart's Haven Lost 20" x 20" Mixed-media|
This piece is the result of the new book I purchased, "Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop" by Serena Barton. Barton says," The term wabi-sabi comes from two Japanese words and refers to that which is imperfect, impermanent, aged, humble and authentic." That is what I was trying to express using vintage paper brown and crumbling, corrugated cardboard..what could be more humble, the photo: impermanent. I wanted to express the melancholy I found in the falling down barn. I know this barn since it was part of a pioneer family farm just down the road from where I live. The farmer, his wife and children are long gone from this earth. I don't recall if they had a good life or mean. The folks that settled more recently on that land have also gone...bankrupt. X marks the spot like on a treasure map, heart's haven...now lost.
This artwork is on display at the Member Exhibition: "Earth Tones", June 7- July 7, 2013, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, MI.