John Findra’s Pursuit of Imperfection

Art October 18, 2012 5:11 pm

The Japanese term wabi-sabi refers to the acceptance of impermanence and finding beauty in imperfection. It could be a blanket, frayed from years of use, or a handmade pot that’s a little lumpy around the edges. For John Findra, it’s old automobiles that have been worn by nature, complete with rust holes and paint runs.

He constructs 1:24 scale model replicas of abandoned junkers, a process he calls “underhauling”. “What I try to do in my models is tell a story,” Findra says. “What happened to that car after somebody left it in the weeds to rust, to decay?”

Part of Etsy’s Handmade Portraits series.

  • Nick Gogerty

    I like to think of Wabi Sabi as an aesthetic that reflects the purity of process in action. The object reflects the process of (aging, affection, excellence etc.) like the faded pair of old jeans. nice article Justin.