detail from "all night blossoms fell"

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese word for a way of looking at the world which finds consolation and beauty in the unfinished and imperfect. It is a sensibility and aesthetic that accepts that things are always in process, dwells in possibility, and is in harmony with nature.

Projects by the Wabi-Sabi Collective, a Toronto-based group of artists and writers, explore and cultivate wabi-sabi through community engagement in the arts.

For our most recent project for the Gladstone Grow Op, Lisa Keophila, Sann-Sann Lam, and Vivian Wong collaborated to create "All Night Blossoms Fell," an installation that is both an exercise in nonattachment or "letting go" as well as its visual expression. As a demonstration of wabi-sabi in literary practice, Marshall Hryciuk and Karen Sohne hosted a workshop in renku, Japanese-style collaborative verse.

"All Night Blossoms Fell" is at the Gladstone Hotel's 2016 Grow Op Exhibition until April 24.

Look for the Wabi-Sabi Collective at Nuit Blanche Toronto on October 1, 2016 and follow us on instagram @blackboughstudio

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