Art & Culture

Discovering Haiku - Japanese art and Poetry

I started to be interested in Japanese art a few years ago as I was exploring Japanese architecture. Learning more about the Japanese aesthetic concepts and refined artistry was like discovering a new world. 

I wanted to share with you Haiku. It is the best-known Japanese poetic form. It is the strictest and purest of poetic forms, it contains in its seventeen sound characters a reference to a season as well as a distinct pause or interruption. These seasonal allusions emphasize the essence of Haiku; nature and its ephemeral beauty. 

I fell in love with Haiku because of it's complete dedication to seasons. I tend to be very interested in seasons and how they guide my work, moods, choice of colors and themes. 


J'ai commencé à m'intéresser à l'art japonais il y a quelques années en explorant l'architecture japonaise. Je voulais partager avec vous l'Haiku. C'est la forme poétique japonaise la plus connue. C'est la plus stricte et la plus pure des formes poétiques, elle contient dans ses dix-sept caractères sonores une référence à une saison ainsi qu'une pause ou une interruption distincte. 


Ces allusions saisonnières soulignent l'essence d'Haiku; la nature et sa beauté éphémère. Je suis tombé amoureux d'Haiku en raison de son dévouement complet aux saisons. J'ai tendance à être très intéressé par les saisons et la façon dont elles guident mon travail, mes humeurs, le choix des couleurs et des thèmes.


A few Haiku poems

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As on the plum comes

blossom after blossom, so 

comes the warmth of sprint 

- Ransetsu (1653-1708)

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Eyes, back and forth

nose, up and down - 

the flowers of spring ! 

- Onitsura (1660-1738)

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The peony flower scattered

And accumulated

A few of the petals

- Yosa Buson(1716-1784)

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The spring sea rising

and falling, rising

and falling all day. 

- Yosa Buson(1716-1784)

 Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson

 Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson

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If you are interested in learning more about Haiku I recommend the following book ; 

 

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur Haiku, je vous recommande le livre suivant; 

Haiku - Japanese art and poetry by Judith Patt, Michiko Warkentyne, Barry Till

 


Beautiful decay - Study

I am very proud and happy to present you a new series of paintings. I was interested in flowers at the end of their life. I find that their own personality arrives at this stage. They become all singular, their colours are transformed and all have different shades in their petals. Every petal also moves in a different position making it even more fascinating.

 Here are some images that explore this concept that I find very interesting.


Je suis très fière et heureuse de vous présenter une nouvelle série de toiles.

Je me suis intéressée aux fleurs en fin de vie. Lorsqu'elles se transforment tranquillement avant de se décomposer. Je trouve que leur caractère propre se cristallise à cette étape là. Elles sont toutes singulières, leurs couleurs se transforment et se dégradent. Chaque pétale est différente. Je trouve cela fascinant. Elles tombent et se transforment de façon complètement différente. Ce qui apporte un mouvement singulier et captivant. 

Voici quelques images qui explorent ce concept que je trouve très intéressant. 

 Photo : Frida Edlund

Photo : Frida Edlund

 Thomas Frei

Thomas Frei

 Photo : Billy Kid

Photo : Billy Kid

 Photo : Irving Penn

Photo : Irving Penn

Here are the paintings exploring this concept of beautiful decay.

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Rachel Ruysch - Women in art history

Rachel Ruysch

Women in art history

As many of you know women in art history were ignored and unrepresented for centuries. As I was reading a few months ago an article on the work of Rachel Ruysch I fell madly in love with her still life paintings. 

Her asymmetrical compositions with drooping flowers and wild stems created paintings that seemed to possess a great energy about them. They inspired me to try new compositions with darker backgrounds. 

 Flowers on a stone slab

Flowers on a stone slab

 Flowers on a tree trunk

Flowers on a tree trunk

Flower Still Life depicts a lush variety of different flowers, from popular common European blooms to rare overseas species. Ruysch combines a complex and intricate arrangement of poppies, snapdragons, roses, carnations, hollyhocks, marigolds, morning glories and a single red and white flamed tulip. Flowers lavishly spill out of the vase, filling the entire picture space. Some are in full bloom, others droop and wilt, as leaves and curving stems entwine throughout. While many of her contemporary flower painters used more symmetrical and formal compositions, Ruysch was known for these lively and informal looking arrangements. The flowers are asymmetrically arranged, leading the eye diagonally from the lower left drooping marigold to the upper right red poppy. Our eye is first attracted to the lightest flowers in the center, then to the brightly colored surrounding flowers, and finally out to the small darker flowers at the edges of the bouquet. Complementary colors create harmony, as warm yellows and rose balance cool blues and greens. Light alternates with shadow, enlivening the flowers as they stand out dramatically against the darker background.
— Khan Academy

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Even if the paintings are darker, I feel like they are light and still glowing. I love this exploration and will keep seeking further.