Revenge of the Haiku Master
Revenge of the Haiku Master is a series of still lifes commenced in 1993 and completed in 2006. It comprises seventeen images to match the seventeen syllables of the haiku. Each image is based around a number from 1 to 16, with the final image containing elements from each photograph in the series.
As with all visual art, the images are placed before the viewer without the benefit of the author to verbally justify or enlighten that viewer as to their precise intent.
At earlier versions of ‘revenge’ as a work in progress I have adopted a ‘fly on the wall’ persona and listened to a few different interpretations in viewer to viewer conversations as to what the work is about - some of which are far deeper and complex than anything I had imagined or intended.
But when it is all said and done, does it really matter what the artist means? That the work engages enough to make the viewer interested in its meaning, or its technique, or its production qualities, or its use of shape and form and light is sufficient response for me.
The rationale behind the work is too lengthy to tell in the space of an A4 page. But if you are viewing this work in company of another, and whilst discussing what it all means, you notice someone else eavesdropping on your conversation, it could quite well be me. And if it is me, and you have a spare 15 minutes, I will be only too happy to shed some light on what ‘Revenge of the Haiku Master’ is all about - to me!