After reading “Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers”
My friends have recommended me this book for years, but somehow I never got around to reading it until now. After finally reading the book, I am so glad I finally got around to it.
It wasn’t because the book gave me some revelation I never realized before. After all, I believe Wabi-Sabi is very similar to the core Korean aesthetic values that are represented as Yeo-bak and Dan-Ah which loosely translate to the beauty of incompleteness, of whitespace and of unpolished elegance.
Rather, the book was much more enjoyable to read than I thought. It felt like walking in the forest with an old guy who knows a lot about trees explaining the forest in an articulate manner. Or organizing thousands of tangled yarns into small bins. There is something soothing about it.
The only thing I felt uneasy about the book was its writing style. Ironically, the writing style of this book is not so Wabi-Sabi. The author aims to explain the concept in the most complete way possible. He logically breaks down the concept in its material representation and its philosophy.
I imagine the best way to let someone understand the concept of Wabi-Sabi is to experience it. Taste it, breathe it, listen to it, see it, hear it… living and immersing oneself to Wabi-Sabi would be the most appropriate way to understand Wabi-Sabi. But if you can’t get that, reading this book could be a good alternative.