I strongly believe that just like books, art as an expression can help one travel and experience unknown territories – indeed a dire need in current times. This is a set of 5 coasters, and for its theme, I chose African Savanna and its landscape – free-spirited, independent, proud and rich in culture.
The choice of colours went perfectly with the original wood and ‘tree bark’ base; the original wood grains peaking from beneath the decoupage – the warm sunset complemented by the African Savanna sun red sky; the reds, oranges, the burgundy, golds and rusts; all these going perfectly with the gem coloured attires and butterflies dancing around the savanna; the deep amber and red skies symbolically representing ‘consurgens’ – a new dawn of a new chapter – an auspicious transformation.
Due to the natural choice of material as a base, the entire scheme can be said to represent the ‘Wabi-Sabi’ design principle as well - Wabi’ can literally be taken to symbolize rustic appeal, earthiness, simplicity, modesty/humbleness or a peculiarity/anomaly with a whimsical appeal.
Whereas the term ‘Sabi’ embodies beauty refined by the ageing process (the bloom of time) occurring naturally; hence celebrating the cycle of life; concepts/objects which are completely unpretentious, ambiguous and idiosyncratic, defining grace and antiquity. If we were to look at the synthesis Wabi-Sabi, it could be said to exemplify aesthetic ideals based on nature/the raw, incompleteness, and the natural generation and degeneration of all – that may be invisible to vulgar eyes.
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Painting is signed by the artist
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