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Haiku #7

  • created 2020
  • digital print on rag paper
  • 11″H x 8.5″W (28cmH x 22cmW)
  • $125.00 unframed

This is a limited edition (50) digital black & white print of a seated 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 female nude sitting with knees bent, 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.

 

The evenly weighted lines of this artwork, along with the woman’s pose create a contained composition that draws the viewer’s eye in a circle. Count the 17 graceful vectors to discover how their number echo the syllables of Japanese haiku poetry.

 

The artwork is printed on textured rag paper and shipped unframed to you free in North America.