Wabisabi is often described as the beauty that does not last, is not finished, and is not perfect. It is the beauty of imperfection, the quiet beauty that wants to be discovered. The idea of Wabisabi lies in Zen Buddhism and in the Japanese Way of Tea. Wabi stands for simplicity, rusticity, the natural state, and sabi refers to beauty that captures the processes of time, visible in their patina and wear.
Wabisabi is a very timely concept in today’s fast-moving world where objects have to be new and shiny and interchangeable. It encourages us to see the modest, the not so obvious, the hidden, and to look carefully at natural and human objects, as well as processes, giving them the time they deserve and allowing them to show their nature. Wabisabi can help us focus on the moment as everything becomes an opportunity to see beauty in our own way.
Wabisabi can explain how I see life, my place in it, the way I am trying to express what has made an impression upon me. I take satisfaction in what is around me and regard it as enough, stripping away what is unnecessary, and mostly, focusing on the moment and being authentic. Wabisabi is a concept about the appreciation of life, the close relationship with nature, accepting the natural cycle and all the marks of time it leaves on objects (like old furniture) and humans (wrinkles), and seeing everyday life as a path to inner depth.
Why have I called the game Wabisabi Memory? Doing this series of monotypes has taught me a lot, and I have experienced many things during this time. The idea of Wabisabi reflects in one word my process and my mind-set. These 40 images which I made are ready, but not ready at the same time. Because you can always change and improve anything you do through thought, use, processes and interaction with others. Yet, we have to find a moment to say ‘that’s it for now’.
What you have in your hands now is a product of my time. Play, make the game yours and give it your marks!