Jacqui Henshaw / Manicured Visions / May 16 – June 02 2012

Jacqui Henshaw’s series, Manicured Visions, speaks to the viewer on the ‘Beauty of Imperfection’.  Henshaw created Manicured Visions after travelling to Kyoto & Tokyo. In a search through the Ukiyo-e prints in a quiet room of a gallery in a noisy street in downtown Tokyo, the images of time past seemed to lie there waiting. Inspired by the Japanese artists dedication to colour and light, Manicured Visions found its own illumination.

Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.

“[Wabi-sabi] nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” Koren, Leonard (1994).

Henshaw’s exhibitions span over the last 15 years and her work is held in private collections, in Australia, US, UK & Switzerland. Two of Henshaw’s images are a finalist in the 2012 Westmead Hospital Art Prize with two images finalist in the 2011 Moran Photographic Prize, other finalist work include the 2010 Toyota Community Spirit Award and the 2010 Interior Design Awards. Henshaw is also a photographic Judge for MADC Awards, RMIT Final Year Students & ACMP Student of the Year Award. Henshaw also spent time on the RMIT BA in Photography Course Advisory Committee [CAC] and as Chair of the CAC.

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