I am proposing to make an ongoing work informed by derivatives of the Three Marks of Existence which are central to philosophical aesthetics of wabi-sabi: impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness. In an ontological collision of nature, history and myth, I am proposing to approximate the intangible forging of a metaphysical kinship with the rugged elements of the ancient Cornish land and seascapes - a mysterious land that holds traces of a lost time when nature was honoured, brutal and raw as opposed to aestheticised, tamed and exploited. The work is underpinned by a personal quest for a necessary fusion with nature, to escape the cacophony of technologised input and seek out confirmation of qualities of the world found in moments of solitude in nature. The impetus arrives from a recent experience that forced me to reflect on the fleetingness of time and the importance of living in the present. It is in traces of the subtle flow of time and acceptance of impermanence, imperfection and incompleteness that beauty (the central enigma in art) emanates from the interminable chain of being.
Fig.1: Rosemary Lewsie, 1999. Tregarrick Tor Menhir. In Payne, R. (1999) The Romance of the Stones: Cornwall's Pagan Past. Fowey Rare Books.