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Wabi-Sabi

Sophie Clarke

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Wabi-Sabi is a visual demonstration of how flaws can be seen as beautiful things. I used a combination of photograph and paint to take self-portraits that draw attention to flaws I have on my face/body. As I am a self-conscious person, I feel like people are always looking at my scars and other imperfections I have on my skin, so I created this work to explore and confront my own vulnerabilities by taking inspiration from a song (Old Scars/Future Hearts by All Time Low), the Japanese practice of filing cracks with gold (Kintsugi) and the Japanese philiosophy of Wabi-Sabi (embracing the flawed or imperfect). By doing this, I'm using my own vulnerabilities to show that the imperfect is beautiful and nothing to hide.