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Haiku #2

  • created 2023
  • digital print on rag paper
  • 11″H x 8.5″W (28cmH x 22cmW)
  • $125.00 unframed, $175.00 framed

This is a limited edition (10) digital black & white print of a standing female nude, executed in 17 vector lines. It is part of a series called Haiku, after the style of Japanese poetry.

Haiku translated to English means “cutting”, and refers to two juxtaposing ideas or images. Haiku has 17 “on”, or syllables, and is traditionally written in English on three lines. Using this theme, I have drawn images of female nudes, juxtaposing the colours black and white and using only 17 vector lines.

I am experimenting with the economy of line and how to express an artistic idea that will engage the viewer. Deciding on which lines to include and which to exclude was a challenge. This simple drawing describes a standing female nude stretching her left leg behind her like a ballet dancer, but leaves enough to the viewer’s imagination to complete the artwork in their head. I’ve drawn this image with my finger on my iPhone, using a vector drawing app that allows me to control the weight of each line by varying the pressure of my fingertip on the screen.

I have weighted the lines that make up this composition to be heavier on the lower portion and delicate at the top, with a heavy line for her hair as a counterpoint. Count these 17 graceful vectors to discover how their number echoes the syllables of Japanese haiku poetry.

The artwork is printed on textured rag paper and shipped to you unframed or framed, depending on your preference. I will include a personalized salutation on my letterhead with each piece.