IN A SPIDER WEB: WORDS AND IMAGES FOR A TRIP THROUGH PERCEPTION

          Joshua Sellers Haiga fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions

  

In a spider web

cherry blossom petals

twilight breeze

 

In una tela del ragno

petali di fiore di ciliegio

brezza del crepuscolo

 

Dans une toile de l’araignée

pétales du fleur de cerisier

brise du crépuscule

 

En la telaraňa

petalos de la flor de cerezo

brisa del crepusculo

 

 Musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers and I had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we are presenting a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the second of a series of four we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… This image isn’t a detail of a ripped poster, but a particular of a couch surface…

(2 – To be continued)

 ABOUT HAIGA

Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.

 

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2 responses to “IN A SPIDER WEB: WORDS AND IMAGES FOR A TRIP THROUGH PERCEPTION

  1. Pingback: HAIKU AND VISUAL ART TELLING “A JAR OF RAINWATER” | robertoalborghetti

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