Pauline Ziegen's new paintings. Utilizing Old Master techniques and materials visually influenced by Japanese art and philosophies, as well as the tradition of the second generation Hudson River School and Luminist Style of the mid-19th century.
I utilize Old Master techniques and materials, and am visually influenced by Japanese art and philosophies, as well as the tradition of the second generation Hudson River School and Luminist Style of the mid-19th century. My current emphasis on mark making and abstraction can be ascribed to the influence of the Japanese wabi sabi aesthetic (meaning ‘ flawed beauty’), which is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It can refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and an understated elegance to the object. These concepts are also evident in the Navajo tradition of the SPIRIT STRING in weaving. The Navajo believe that only God is perfect and that what humans do cannot be on the same perfect level. Therefore, they will make sure some little imperfection is part of anything they create. Usually, one has to look very close to find the imperfection, so it does not detract from the beauty of the item. On a Navajo rug, it’s the loose piece of yarn. On beaded handiwork, one of the beads might be threaded differently to ensure some slight imperfection. For many people, even though the imperfection is not noticeable, knowing it’s part of the creation adds to the charm.