In Wobbly Sabi, Seet draws inspiration from the traditional Japanese aesthetics of wabi-sabi, a world view centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The works in the show exude roughness, simplicity, modesty and most importantly, they come together as a homage to the ingenuous integrity of clay, and as a medium of contemplation for the artist. As stated by Seet, “I worked with it up to a point and then, let go, inviting it to shape itself to reveal a far more compelling aesthetic truth than I ever could.” Rather than striving for perfection, Seet allows the natural forces of gravity and time to shape and finalize the clay, consciously aware of the necessary limited intervention of the artist’s hand. This 2nd solo exhibition marks an important juncture in Seet’s artistic journey as he journeys away from preconceived notions of beauty and commercial perfection of form.
James Seet – Wobbly Sabi