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Haiku #3

  • created 2020
  • 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 pregnant 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 on the verge of birthing new life, but leaves enough to the viewer’s imagination to complete the artwork in their head. The woman is clearly anticipating her baby’s arrival with her gentle smile. 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.

The woman is anticipating the arrival of her baby, fondly smiling down on her “baby bump”. Count the 17 graceful vector lines that describe this clever and thought provoking artwork 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.