Carla Cascales – ÉTIMO

Found and discarded materials are given new life in a sculptural embodiment of the Japanese philosophies of Kintsugi and Wabi-Sabi.

Photo by Marta Fernandez, courtesy of the artist’s website.

Étimo is a sculptural project by Greek artist and designer Carla Cascales. It was born from the experimentation with volume design made from discarded, rescued and rebuilt materials.

Étimo comes from the Greek language and means “origin.”

“Since I discovered the Japanese view of beauty I was captivated, specifically by wabi-sabi; the admiration for imperfect, mutable, and incomplete things. Wabi Sabi comes as a refreshing change from our perfection driven culture fueled by the fear of entropy, which traps us in endless cycles of buying and discarding low quality products, produced with no concern for people or for the environment.

Tied in to this concept is that of kintsugi, a technique to repair fractures of ceramic with resin or varnish sprinkled with gold. It suggests that breakage and repairs are part of the history of an object, and should be shown instead of being hidden. An object is believed to be more beautiful, and stronger, for having once been broken.

These concepts apply not only to objects but also to people. It reminds us to accept the passage of time, considering it a natural element of beauty. The process of showing our scars makes us stronger.These are concepts in harmony with life, which help us to be happier and live better.

My sculptures mix geometry with the beautiful imperfections of nature with and purity of polished materials.

Those sculptures are unique pieces, nonrepresentational, built from the finest materials rescued or found. All the materials I use to build the sculptures are pieces that can no longer be used in industrial manufacturing, such as broken or irregular parts of marble, wood or granite that have been discarded despite being beautiful.

I love to look for them, then rescue and reuse them, creating new volumes.”

Carla Cascales was featured in Earth Issue 001. Buy a copy here. 

See more of Cascale's work on her website. 

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