The Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi has been a core philosophy for finding sophistication and beauty in imperfections. However, in contemporary times when many ideologies are exploited, this concept has been used as a popular excuse for laissez-faire attitudes toward arts and designs.
As an independent artist and designer, Carla Cascales Alimbau does not shy away from indicating imperfections as a main part of her practice. Instead of the usual notion of peacefulness that’s associated with Wabi-sabi, Carla’s sculptural works are quirky and playful.
Peach, the concrete sculpture, is a minimal and porous volume that amplifies the molecular structures of the material. There is a cheeky sexiness that comes from the central indentation, giving this work a playful sensuality.
Meanwhile, Cube is a work from the series Étimo that depicts the re-usage of discarded materials. Made from broken marble plates, situated in between two crisp planes of iron, the piece serves as the artist’s interpretation of the purity of basic forms.
Breaking away from singular objects, Lighthouse is a work that was made during Carla’s residency at Varda Artist Residency. Using simple geometries like incomplete circular contours and half-moon planes, the clustered arrangement creates a field of intersecting objects. Here, the artist records the rhythm of water movements underneath the sailboats.
With an array of diverse projects, Carla Cascales Alimbau proves that her work does not rely on the idea of doing less. Rather, her ability to edit is what makes each work simple and meaningful; in each crack, each bend, each fault, there is always a decisive intention.