Mortality binds together a birth and a death, the passage of a life. There cannot be one without its antithesis. Each work is a meditation on living and inherently its end. By encapsulating and documenting the passage of time, these modestly scaled works look to examine the spiritual. It is in the Shaker belief that making something well was in itself, an “act of prayer”, something that aligns with my interests in ritual and meditation. Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection, quietly waits to be discovered through simple uncluttered purity. Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet, that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Haptic surface qualities are utilized to create points of departure for deeper thinking. Paints made from pigments and clay give respect to the ground, as we all return to the earth.