Artist Casper Faassen creates work that oscillates two worlds. Through his Asia Series, the Netherlands-based creative fuses photography and painting to create works that, while featuring real humans and ceramic objects, give off the impression that they are fleeting figments of our imagination. Faassen has a deep interest in the traditional culture of Japan. The concept of Mono no Aware has been particularly influential in the development of Asia Series. Mono no Aware translates to “a sensitivity to ephemera,” and it’s a term communicating the wistful awareness of impermanence in life. In accepting the inevitability that all things will pass, it is a reminder for us to cherish—and make the most of—the moments when they are in “full bloom.” The pieces in Asia Series are soft and out of focus. The subtle imagery is the result of Faassen’s mixed media approach. His blurred subjects aren’t photographed with a low depth of field. Instead, he places the models, blossoms, and ceramic vessels behind a frosted sheet of acrylic, also known as setasand. The photographs are printed on this same matte material, and Faassen applies thin layers of oil and acrylic paint to the images. Each con...