Freedom is the space between stimulus and response. We don’t have to react; we do have room to choose. It is just not a choice we utilise all that often and many of us feel completely oblivious to its existence.
Drawing on the simplicity and beauty of sumi-e (水墨画), or ancient ink wash drawing, I set out to explore the beauty in the things we consider normal. To really explore the repetitive sights of our daily lives and develop an appreciation of the magnitude of the beauty that constantly surrounds us. Choosing to find wonder instead of tedium.
You have the choice to change your perception, to explore the stimulus and recategorise the response. Maybe in doing so you’ll find some freedom, whatever that means to you.
Word list: Delicate, considered, ubiquitous, fascinating. Transition: Tedium to arrest. Categorised thinking to considered consciousness. Mood: Inspired. Texture: Washi (和紙). Silk. Stationary Water. Message: We cannot control what happens to us, but we can learn to control the way we respond. The simple practice of seeking out beauty in the common objects that surround us can help us realise this. Colour: Black, white and grey.