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Haiku

Ask the wind:
Which leaf
is next in line?
Natsume Soseki (19th century)

Haiku is a poem that conveys the sense of the evasiveness of the moment; inherently as a poem, it is intended to express emotions. It is a very short song that was popular in traditional Japan, with a fixed classical form. Its topics and moods are generated from all aspects of life.
The poem describes a singular moment with no substitute, and in its briefness exists an element of suggestion, signifying that less is more. The clear picture that the Haiku draws serves as a starting point for the flow of thoughts and emotions, but given the lack of details, the person experiencing it must fill in the fine points himself.
In the Haikus of Dorit Saphir there is an omni-present sense of motion – an element of a second frozen in time, that collects within it, in a visual sense, energy for the work.
The paintings, which are always created on a neutral background and usually implemented through few strokes of color and occasionally through one solo stroke of color, create a sense that the present is actually in the realm of the past and that it is impossible to truly hold onto it.