Super Ordinary Gallery
Mono no awareApril 14, 2011
Mono no aware, literally "the pathos of things", also translated as "an empathy toward things," or "a sensitivity to ephemera," is a Japanese term used to describe the awareness of impermanence. In Japan the cherry blossom often serves as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, and is considered to embody the concept of mono no aware. The transient nature of the cherry blossom - extreme beauty followed by quick death, is symbolic of our sentiment towards the Japanese people's recent tragedy.
Mono no aware was screen printed in an edition of 13 for Super Ordinary Gallery's Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Poster Show. All proceeds from the sale of Mono no aware go to the Red Cross.
Screen printing: Good Thoughts 4 All
Photography: Jamie Kripke