Nerina Lascelles


The title of this exhibition Seizui is Japanese for essence. Each of the fourteen works in this exhibition have been inspired after reading and contemplating a series of Haiku poems by the Japanese Masters. For each poem chosen, I have endeavoured to extract the essence and bring the inherent imagery to life through a visual interpretation. Read More

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The Haiku is an evocative Japanese verse which embodies a direct intuitive penetration into nature and life offering insight, joy and truth to readers. A simple verse encapsulates a multi-sensory experience of one’s environment.  In the case of Zen Haiku, language becomes a painting, a drawing, a story, a song. Form and the formless melt together, so that as the poem is experienced, the reader may enter a timeless moment— a space of stillness or meditation.  When contemplating the Haiku, a deeper presence of life and life in nature can be felt beneath our constructed notions of form.

Japanese masters such as Basho, Issa, Shikki and Buson, their work dating back to the 10th century, have written countless Haiku poems portraying their experience of nature and life in Japan. And similarly, monks and artists living in ancient Japan painted with a poetic reverence, beautiful depictions of their natural world; the seasons, flora and fauna.