When Exuberance turns to Chaos
When does exuberance turn to chaos? I am not speaking of the recent events in the Middle East, but let’s take a moment to think of the people struggling there (pause) and I’m not thinking of the recent tornadoes in the South, but let’s take another moment to think of the people dealing with natures chaos (pause), I am most definitely not speaking of the royal wedding and it’s thousands of merry makers (no pause necessary enough time was spent on that) but what I am speaking of is my garden. I know what you’re thinking, what trivia what twaddle… and it’s true in light of what’s happening in the world, but I’ll try to make a metaphor of it any way. Here goes, back in January and February when the bulbs were all bursting forth with joy and promise, I was so relieved at their coming so comforted by their emergence and assurance that winter would not stay and spring would indeed come, I can scarcely believe the exasperation I now feel towards them. These self same perky harbingers are now drooping and draping all over the place serving only to block the way of summer beauties and I might add lend safe haven to invading troops of snails and slugs. I guess that is the fickle nature of nature itself, always reaching towards the light, stretching, growing, dying, and stretching again. An endless cycle tied to the planet in her course around the sun. And what, you might be asking at this moment, does any of this have to do with art or this blog? Well, I think it is part of the ongoing discussion about wabi-sabi (on the web-page there is a link there to a couple of definitions of wabi-sabi on the right sidebar). The beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete defines wabi-sabi and so my drooping, dying bulb foliage is lounging in the wabi-sabi realm. How do I respect that aesthetic and the need of natural things to run their natural course and wrest chaos for the border of my flowerbeds? Ah, there is the crux of the problem; I’ll share with you how I solve it on Friday. Until then, as always I encourage you to share your thoughts, how do you tip toe on the balance beam between order and chaos?