"Wabi Sabi 7: Epi Jetsam"
Nancy Boyd, "Wabi Sabi 7: Epi Jetsam," mixed media on board, 35.5" x 50".
Nancy Boyd: Wabi Sabi/Dark Matters
Preview of Show: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, May 9, 2015: 2 -5pm
Wabi Sabi/Dark Matters
According to chaos theory, general trends in the universe can be predicted by observation. However specific events cannot be predicted because they rely on an infinite number of unknown variables along the way. How very much like painting.
The dilemma: how to get from here (the chaos and excitement of the un-manifested vision) to there (the specific finished painting).
How to create a painting from a ‘chaos theory’ kind of process: a process that sometimes seems to thwart its own directions, that refuses to be predictable, that requires foresight to exploit unexpected accidents, that requires an occasional outrageous gesture to keep a piece vital...but that also requires the courage to sacrifice small gems to the unity of the whole. Yet somehow, against the odds, a painting must feel inevitable and somehow finished in its final form.
These new works: The ‘chaos’ struggles described above are certainly inherent in these new paintings. They are inspired by the spirit of the Wabi Sabi aesthetic/philosophy, an off-shoot of Buddhist thought. Wabi Sabi maintains three basic tenets: nothing is finished, nothing lasts, nothing is perfect.