[wabi sabi]

Natsume Ono (A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning)

My final project, a reflection of my Art/Sci Residency in Professor Mondro’s art & design studio, is titled [wabi sabi] draws on the Japanese idea of beauty in the “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. I was working off of a previous piece that I had made for an architecture project that looked at ideas of growth, and I wanted to expand on how growth could connect and unite us. The two pieces, which are concrete cast in silicone, are connected by a crocheted wire piece that “grows” through. Setbacks were primarily the several material tests that I had to do to get the concrete to take the form that I wanted it to, and the learning curve that crocheting wire encompassed. However, having time and the money to buy different materials allowed for me to achieve the results that I wanted in the end.