Wabi Sabi…

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection, turning something beautiful into something not so beautiful.

Such things are created like when a piece of pottery breaks, they fill it in/glue it together with gold, meaning that it becomes more valuable for being broken.

They find beauty and profundity in nature, and accept the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. Its something simple, slow and uncluttered, it revered authenticity above all, it celebrates the cracks and crevices in buildings, it finds pleasure in marks that time, weather and loving use have left behind, telling a story.

” It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through Wabi-Sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.”

This is my own “version” of Wabi-Sabi, I turns something pretty and beautiful into something “dark and ugly”


Jan Fabre…

Born in 1958 he is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist, playwright, designer, choreographer and stage director. He studied at the Municipal institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Between 1976-80 Fabre wrote his first scripts for the theatre and made his début performances. During his ‘money performances’ he would burn money and write the work “Money” with the ashes. In 1977 he re-names the street he lives on to “Jan Fabre street” and fixes a commemorative plaque “Here lives and works Jan Fabre” to the house of his parents, by analogy to the commemorative plate on the house of Vincent Van Gogh in the same street.

In 1978 he made drawings using his own blood during the solo performance ‘My body, my blood, my landscape’.

In 1980 ‘The Bic-Art Room’ he had himself locked up for three days and three nights in a white cube full of objects drawing with blue Bic ballpoint pens as an alternative to Big art established in 1986, Troubleyn/Jan Fabre is a theatre company with extensive international operations, with its home base in Antwerp, Belgium.He is famous for his ballpoint drawings (Bic-art), in 1990 he covered an entire building with Bic-art. He explores the relationships between drawing and sculpture. He also makes sculptures in bronze and with beetles.

He decorated the ceiling of the Royal Palace in Brussels and he used one million, six hundred thousand jewel-scarab wing cases, its called Heaven of Delight, it is widely praised. In 2004 he erected Totem, a giant bug stuck on a 70-foot steel needle, on the Ladeuzeplein in Leuven.

In 2008, Jan Fabre’s The Angel of Metamorphosis exhibition was held at the Louvre Museum.

I chose Fabre as inspiration for my project because he creates the type of work that I was looking for, something clean cut yet still dark and twisted!



acetate colony…

I liked the acetate sketches so much that I bought some acetate sheets and done a few more sketches linking to my mannequin and my project.

I like the quick scratchy sketches and I like how the sketches on the acetate almost give you an “x-ray” kind of feel, I placed the sheets on a burnt page in my sketchbook, I liked that the burn came through because it creates more of a rustic worn look/effect.


acetate studies…

This was my first time working with acetate, I liked the effect it created because I felt that roughly sketching onto the acetate with inked pen gave it more of a serious kind of macabre feel to it, almost as if it were an x-ray of sorts.

I used one of the images from my wall as a practice to see if I would like how it came out and once I was done with that, I used one of my own sketches, they were quick and simple to do and I feel that I may do many of them once I get my hands on some more acetate.

I also felt that the imagery I chose is was quite strong, especially the naked woman and the skull, I liked the fact that I managed to use the same sketch in two different ways, meaning that I got more use out of it and was able to present it in what I felt, a better way.

Moving spaces…

I have recently been moved into a new space, but luckily for me it’s  a larger space, to accommodate for my mannequin and the life-size samples I’ve been making, this meant that I had to take everything from the old space down and move it into the new space.

Even though the new space is larger which is amazing, the main problem I have with it, is that its too bright and this goes completely against the ‘mood’ I’m trying to set with my project, so the first thing I done was paint one of the walls black, I tried to re-create the same effect with the paint on the wall as I did in the old space, to make it look like it was dragged/scratched on, once I painted the wall, put up my imagery, got more imagery, put in the tables, chair and my mannequin it was ready to be used!

Even though I am fortunate to have this large space, a lot of pressure and responsibility comes with having this space, because now that I have more room, more work is expected of me, better work is expected from me. And everyone in the class is watching my every move; to see what ‘greatness’ I create due to having it!

Even though I take tremendous pride in my room and spend every moment I’m in college in this room, there are moments where I fear, it isn’t enough… I come in on extra days I try to accomplish as much as possible, but the pressure of having ‘the room’ can sometimes be too much.

The fun thing is that now I can have total privacy, all I have to do is close the door and I have my space all to myself, I can play music, do research on my computer and do my work in peace, I’ve also started to share the room with a classmate and we tend to get a lot of work done together and this also helps me stop worrying about the pressures of ‘the room’


Fleeting life…

It was a warm sunny day and I had just finished college, I was walking around the outskirts of the local park, waiting for a friend when something quickly catches my eye and lands by my feet, I pause for a while shocked and unsure of what it was.

I crouch down to take a closer look; I quickly realized it was a butterfly. It rested there weak and frail; the assumption is that it was dying slowly, possibly painfully. I was completely astounded because since my project involves death and butterflies this was too much of a coincidence especially since I just spent the last few weeks messing around with dead butterflies for my Zoomorphic.

I watched it slowly open and close its wings, almost as if it was trying to recuperate its energy, I was completely transfixed the whole time, it wasn’t scared me and didn’t scurry away as I got closer, it felt comfortable with my presence and rested by my side for a while it tried to pick it self up several times with little success, eventually I left it and as I stepped up and began to walk away it flutters away staggering in the air.

“Aren’t we all one-day butterflies,
not aware of time.
Searching for partners or honey
until Death kisses us.
Then in his arms, tenderly rocked,
waiting for a new chance
to fly away again
and join the dance
of the one-day butterfly”

Owning my space…

Now that we are a few weeks into the FMP (Final Major Project) I have started to own and personalise my space!!

I wanted to create a “mood” that would link into my project and since my project is quite macabre and dark I wanted to paint the white wall black, so this was the very first thing I done, I only painted half because I liked the scratched in effect I got at the bottom almost as is the darkness was slowly seeping out or as if something from within had clawed its way out.

I also started to collect some imagery that I found interesting and felt would be inspirational for the project, I also realized I really like the idea of being caged and trapped without escape and some of that reflects in the imagery I have chosen.

It’s quite difficult to find imagery that I feel represents my ideas well; I usually find its too “pretty” or dialed down.

I am very proud of my space and enjoy working in it!!