"Wisdom in natural simplicity."
Dead Nature was inspired by the Japanese concept, Wabi-Sabi, a study to change perception and reveal that the most basic, natural objects can become interesting, fascinating and beautiful. The 'American Chestnut leaves' is an example that offer greater meditative value.
Pared down to its barest essence, Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.
It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in the impermanent of all things.