I’ve always been interested in how light affects our special perception around environments and objects. I’ve produced many pieces of art and furniture with this in mind.
In the Platters, I directly compare light and darkness through the use of subtle carving techniques. Are the shaded areas more intriguing due to the changing grain and dimmed surface or is the brightly illuminated surface more impressive as it seems to stand out more prominently? Are we drawn more to the light or the dark? Are they not just as valuable in creating a pleasing unified art piece?
As explained in the essay, In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, the author explores the importance of light in traditional Japanese interiors and how it contrasts with the dazzling light of the modern age. This also resonates with me in terms of how the West is of shadows, changing grain patterns and subtlety closely relate to Japanese culture and the tradition of Sabi. I feel the acceptance of transience and imperfection is no less important in our constant striving for a Western modern life.