Wabi-Sabi and Art: EMBRACING Imperfections

"Chalice", Original Work by Maya Malioutina

"Chalice", Original Work by Maya Malioutina

Wabi-Sabi and Art:

Embracing imperfection, impermanence,
and natural flow
through abstract art techniques

with Maya Maliotina


About the Workshop:

Embrace your own creative flow through imperfection, natural flow and spontaneous experiment.
This is what Wabi-Sabi is all about.
We will tap into our intuition and vulnerability, and create meditative art from that unique place, without worrying about judgments or perfection.
We will discuss the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, and the concepts of natural beauty, impermanence, acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. 

About Maya Malioutina:

Maya Malioutina is a full time artist with studios in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn and peaceful countryside of Pennsylvania. With degrees in English and Russian Literature, her art reflects those interests, as well as her fascination with her mythopoetic heritage. Manhattan Arts International recently selected Maya as a Featured Artist in its online Reading Room. Renee Phillips, author and editor-in-chief of Manhattan Arts International stated, “Rich in texture, boldness and dichotomy, Maya Malioutina’s engaging paintings explore universal themes of creation, life, struggle, and transformation.

Like the artist Antoni Tàpies, Maya creates her art in the style of ‘pintura matérica’, in which non artistic materials are incorporated into the paintings. She brings intuitive form and resonant poetry to her work with integrity and intensity. Maya has exhibited her work in several galleries and alternative venues in New York, NY such as SoHo 20 Gallery and the Pen & Brush gallery. The artist and her artwork are featured in Nancy Reyner’s book “Acrylic Illuminations: Reflective and Luminous Acrylic Painting Techniques”. She has also been included in articles in Professional Artist magazine. 

To learn more about Maya’s work, please visit her website: http://www.mayamalioutina.com/

What is Wabi-Sabi?

Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.