As I thought about "balance" this week, I traveled a good many places in my mind and found myself investigating a number of sources for the path. I read a little more about Japanese aesthetics, a topic which I've been quite drawn to in the last few months, as the work that I am making seems to come from a place that does not make a separation between art and life. I recently read Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren and very much identified with the beauty that wabi-sabi embodies in form and spirit. In the West, we tend to think of balance in terms of equals, a fifty-fifty kind of thing, but in Japanese aesthetics there is balance if all parts make the whole. There is an elegance in the assymetrical balance that is a reflection of life.
I turned to Donna Watson, a mixed-media collage painter, whose work and life seem to embody the principles that manifest themselves in quiet balance. As many readers of this blog know, Donna has a wonderful and inspiring blog, Layers, which you can access here. Donna has provided some beautiful images and her own reflections on balance below.