Discovering the Beauty of Imperfection: Art, Wabi Sabi, and Mindful Creation

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting an extraordinary Coach, Beatrice Redi. The journey we embarked on together has been profoundly transformative, allowing me to value what I do and to find a happy synthesis between various aspects of my life: art and Wabi Sabi, art therapy, and meditation.

I wanted to share with you some thoughts that emerge from my recent journey and from my interview shared on Beatrice’s YouTube channel.

For me, art goes beyond the creation of aesthetically pleasing objects.

The artworks I create – whether sculptures, paintings, or photographs – are designed to offer a refuge of peace and beauty, inviting viewers to reconnect with themselves and their deepest emotions. Art has the power to convey universal messages and emotions that can nourish the soul and inspire reflection.

It is a means through which we explore the depths of our soul, connect with our inner self, and celebrate the beauty found in imperfections and in nature itself. This is the heart of the Wabi Sabi philosophy, which I fully embrace in my work.

Wabi Sabi teaches us to appreciate the beauty of imperfect, transient, and incomplete things. It is a philosophy that celebrates simplicity and authenticity, inviting us to find joy in the present moment and to accept things as they are, without seeking perfection.

An essential part of my work is what I call Mindful Creation, an approach that integrates mindfulness practice into the creative process. With Mindful Creation, I strive to be fully present in the moment as I create my artworks, allowing emotions and sensations to flow freely through my work.

Mindful Creation involves several components. It begins with awareness of breath and body, allowing me to connect with the physical sensations and tensions within myself. This helps me to be present in the moment and to accept my creations without judgment.

During the creative process, I focus on careful observation of the senses, paying particular attention to the details, colors, and forms that emerge in my artworks. This allows me to immerse myself fully in the creative flow, letting my creativity emerge naturally and spontaneously.

One of the most significant challenges I have faced in my work is maintaining my connection to the creative side and facilitating the same awakening in others. I have learned that keeping creativity alive requires constant commitment and dedication, but it is also a practice that brings deep joy and satisfaction.

My logo, represented by a rabbit and called Momo, embodies the joyful and playful energy that characterizes my approach to art and art therapy. Momo represents the essence of spontaneity and authenticity that I seek to cultivate in my work, inviting people to embrace their creativity and celebrate the beauty of imperfection through art.

In conclusion, for me, art goes beyond the visible surface of things. It is a means through which we can explore and celebrate our humanity, connect with our most authentic essence, and find beauty in imperfection. I hope that my work can inspire others to explore their creative side and find joy in the process of creation itself.

Thank you Beatrice for giving me the opportunity to share my passion and vision with you today.

manuelametra
manuelametra

Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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