Monono Aware – Sense of Impermanence
It started with a conversation about two years with owner Masayo from Australian Label Dogstar.
From these two paintings, ‘Sticks and Stones’ and ‘Woodland Treasures’ a limited collection of clothing was developed for the Spring Sumner 22/23 collection.
For many years I have been fascinated with Japanese culture. Particularly thoughts and practises pertaining to nature within both Buddhist and Shinto beliefs.
I first learned of ‘mono no aware’ many years ago. A term developing from The Heian period of Japan (794-1185).
Basically it translates to ‘the pathos of things’.
As part of my art practice I investigate concepts of memory and impermanence in relation to specific topographical journeys and the constant changes within nature. Through various techniques, manipulate surfaces and use mixed media as a way of connecting what I see within the surrounding environment.
Painting and printmaking techniques have dominated my 30 year art practice, and more recently I’ve been tinkering with ceramics and metal.
I have a love of handcrafted textiles, particularly from Asia so this collaboration with Dogstar Clothing has been a way of connecting many of these ideas.
Some of these photos were taken by River Petein.