“Mono-no-aware”, is the Japanese term used to describe the bittersweet beauty of impermanence. The word is derived from the Japanese mono, meaning "things" and aware, the expression of measured surprise (similar to "ah" or "oh"). Thus, mono-no-aware is frequently interpreted as "the 'ahh-ness' of things”. This piece is based on my sense of mono-no-aware. Represented are some of my treasures, my times, my feelings.
This piece looks backward in time, it is profoundly nostalgic as, in fact, I am, too. Many of the elements are from my childhood as discussed below. Yet, the piece also embraces the constant change we must accept in life: both self-portraits stare over a horizon behind the viewer, as if into the future.
My art comes almost directly from my subconscious, i.e. my subject matter is revealed to me through process. However, once created on the board, the elements become tangible and can be identified. I will touch on a few of them. But only a few, the viewer is implored to read their own meaning into this and all of my work.
So, this piece reflects my personal mono-no-aware as revealed in several of my treasures, my times, and my feelings.