“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer.
What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, 2015, p. 132
Wabi-sabi reminds us that all things, including us and life itself, are impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect.
I have been exploring impermanence from a Buddhist perspective and with the help of plants through Chlorophyll Printing. This sustainable and natural photography technique creates images on leaves. As the resulting image fades over time, it is a powerful art medium to explore the meaning of impermanence.
This is an ongoing project; what you see here is not the final product but rather an exhibit of my process and findings thus far. Thank you for reading.
I often hold onto moments of peace and joy, cherishing them with all my senses and never wanting to let them go. This may be because I have experienced a lot of suffering and anxiety. Even a tiny joy, like creating art while feeling alone, can help me stop time and feel safe and grounded. However, one thing is sure: life changes constantly and quickly. Sometimes, I feel powerless to stop time, and anxiety consumes me. In those moments, I take a deep breath and ask myself:
How can I practice mindfulness and acceptance of impermanence in my daily life?
How does impermanence challenge our attachment to material possessions and relationships?
Can impermanence be a positive force for change and growth instead of a source of fear or anxiety?
Life is a mix of light and dark, life and death, and I want to learn to accept change as a part of life.