Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: it’s an HAIGA


No clouds

the wind revealed

in tall grasses


Nessuna nuvola

il vento rivelato

nelle erbe alte


Pas des nuages

le vent révélè

dans les hautes herbes


Ninguna nube

el viento revelado

en las hierbas altas


No clouds” is another result of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We 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 have presented a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the fourth of a series we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a billboard’s ripped poster. Maybe unbelievable, but it’s true. ( 4 )



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.


Watch the previous Haiga:

 A Jar of Rainwater: the third Haiga+Lacer/actions art:



In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:




Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:



Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti


Earscapes Channel


Lacer/azioni Channel