PLAIN — An Introspection on Emptiness
PLAIN is a series of hand-woven grass plains based on the philosophy of Emptiness in Zen Buddhism. The grass plains are depicted as land contours that combine wabi-sabi aesthetics with inspiration from Japanese rock gardens, as a poetic expression of this Emptiness.
In art and design, Emptiness is often thought of as simplicity and minimalism. However, this project portrays Emptiness in a different manner: using empty grass plains that do not look empty nor minimalistic — land contours that do not appear plain and simple. Emptiness is expected to be plain, yet Emptiness as plain existence is far from it.
PLAIN is a project that takes on a more philosophical and existential approach to Emptiness, using grass as an allegory of Emptiness in Zen Buddhism. Through this unlikely depiction of Emptiness, this project aims to inspire profound thought and put forth a different perspective towards Emptiness.