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Haiku Art: For centuries, Japanese calligrapher artists have combined haiku poems with ink brush drawings. It is called “haiga.”

My mixed-media collages combine hand-painted papers and digital black-and-white prints. These picture-poems were created around 1991 on what was then a revolutionary Apple laser printer using the state-of-the-art Pagemaker software. The layout of the final collage was created in April of 2021, nearly 30 years after the original haiga. The 17-syllable poems are cryptic and were direct responses to the pen drawings. The art was inspired by the work of German Expressionists in the 1920s.  

 

Tech Notes

The 5.5x8.5-inch haiga are printed on 100% cotton rag paper. All adhesives are acid-free and permanent. All acrylic inks are pigmented and archival. The background base sheet is painted Canson Mi-Teinties pastel paper with 66% high rag content. The collages are 9x12 inches.

 

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