Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that celebrates the beauty found in the natural cycle of decay. It is this beauty that these illustrations set out to capture in an old district of Dalian, originally built during the Japanese occupation. These locations for me show an authentic, un-materialistic, traditional, un-noticed side to Dalian. Where there is a beauty in the aged wood of an old window, the fraying of old rope, the faded red, the cracked bricks, the old painted signs.
Not only do these images aim to bring attention to the beauty found in the everyday streets of Dalian, but also to highlight the decaying presence, as many of these older sites are replaced by the shiny, super modern, colossal shopping centres. Reflecting on a potential loss of value, tradition and heritage in a need to be a consumer, to be; trendy, modern, global, branded.