Joshua Sellers words fused in Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer/actions artworks: this is an Haiga


A jar of rainwater

clouds drifting

two or three


Una brocca di pioggia

si lasciano sospingere

due o tre nuvole


Une broc de pluie

se laissent pousser

deux ou trois nues


Une jarro de lluvia

se dejan transportar

dos o tres nubes


This is the third step of my collaboration with musician, producer and poet Joshua Sellers, from West Memphis (Arkansas, USA). We had previously collaborated on a music video, for “Linger.” Now, in a different kind of collaboration, fusing Joshua ‘s words this time with my images – realistic pics of torn posters and urban signs – , we are presenting a series of haiga: a combination of haiku and visual art. Here is the third of a series of four we have created so far. Poetry and my “Lacer/actions” artworks for a fascinating trip through imagination and states of mind… I took this image from a ripped poster sticked on the wall. ( 3 – To be continued)



Haiga is a style of Japanese painting based on the aesthetics of haikai, from which haiku poetry derives, which often accompanied such poems in a single piece. Like the poetic forms it accompanied, haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. Stephen Addiss points out that “since they are both created with the same brush and ink, adding an image to a haiku poem was… a natural activity.”

Just as haiku often internally juxtapose two images, haiga may also contain a juxtaposition between the haiku itself and the art work. The art work does not necessarily directly represent the images presented in the haiku. Stylistically, haiga vary widely based on the preferences and training of the individual painter, but generally show influences of formal Kanō school painting, minimalist Zen painting, and Ōtsu-e, while sharing much of the aesthetic attitudes of the nanga tradition. Some were reproduced as woodblock prints. The subjects painted likewise vary widely, but are generally elements mentioned in the calligraphy, or poetic images which add meaning or depth to that expressed by the poem.



In a Spider Web: the second Haiga+Lacer/actions art:





Moonlit Sky: the first Haiga+Lacer/actions art:




Links to “Linger” videoclip by Joshua Sellers and Roberto Alborghetti


Earscapes Channel



Lacer/azioni Channel






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