Andrew Loosli wrote:
It is maybe the most convincing way a western temperament can show the bonsai subject.
It is very interesting that you've brought up the concept of temperament
in art. I've just realized that in bonsai forums this concept never comes up. It is probably because when talking about temperament, or "psyche", we are talking about us, humans, and not the trees. In the eyes of many, the trees and only the trees count, and we should never talk about ourselves, that would be counted as vanity and eqotistical.
And yet, temperament is the very reason (besides history, of course) that Western and Eastern arts are so different.
When creating bonsai, we Westerners always try to subdue
our temperament, we are trying to understand the Eastern mindset in order to replicate what they do. We talk about Zen and minimalism, wabi-sabi, shinto and kami and the spirits that reside in everything. And we are so proud of ourselves when we think that we understand it all: now we are ready to create a great bonsai.
Nick introduces elements forbidden in traditional bonsai but very close to our heart. It somehow takes away the shame of admitting that we have our own needs of expressing who we are. Isn't it nice that finally somebody is doing it for us? And with style.