Southeast Asian visual arts were once dominated by Indian Hindu & Buddhist influence. A number of cohesive traits predate the Indian influence such as rice agriculture, metallurgy, navigation, ancestor cults, and worship associated with mountains were both indigenous and widespread and certain art forms not derived from India.
Southeast Asia has been the crossroads of many peoples who have been contending against each other for centuries. The first to come were the Austronesia\’s (Malayo-Polynesians).
Art from Thailand, Burma, Lao, The Philippines, Mongolia, Indonesia and Japan are all part of the collections at Oceanic Arts Australia (aka Oceanic & Asian Arts).
It’s very interesting how much the imagination and creativity of some people evolve to create beautiful new art forms or to see a unique form in nature. Forms found in nature are the most beautiful.
The Japanese have a term Wabi-sabi is the most characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. An object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect.