Wabi-Sabi: beauty of impermanence

On view in the Hanson Gallery through September 11

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese term that describes the concept of something that is impermanent and imperfect can be a thing of beauty. It teaches us to accept the imperfections of life, and the natural cycles of renewal, growth, and decay.

What is now discarded and forgotten has stories to tell, and nature finds a way to grow, thrive, and reclaim itself upon a man-made environment that once intruded upon it. There is beauty in this decay, and a link to our collective past and ourselves.

The American landscape is filled with long-forgotten relics from past eras, forgotten and abandoned sitting along the side of the roads; relics symbolizing the passage of time, beautifully perfect in their worn imperfection.

Alexandra Buxbaum‘s work has appeared in a myriad of publications both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited in over 50 shows at galleries, cultural centers, and museums, and is co-founder of the International Center for Documentary Arts. Her photographs are in numerous private collections.

Wabi-Sabi was made possible through the generous support of Randy and Kathy Ingram and the Hanson Family Foundation.

Click here to see more of Alexandra’s work.

Photo info- Abandoned gas station along Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, New Mexico

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