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Winter 2006, vol 4 no 4


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Origa ~ haiga

Artist's Statement

I am just a student of sumi-e, and I study from all sources available to me. These are the works of sumi-e masters, past and present. Two of the sumi-e in this set are studies after other artists, a "mosha" in Japanese, or copy/study in traditional Oriental painting. In Western art, a painter who copies someone's painting might be considered not a real artist, and even a plagiarist. In traditional Oriental painting, however, a real painter is expected to be fluent in all the styles of the past; his copying is seen as a dialogue between him/her and the ancient master-- superficially, an exchange between minds; on a deeper level, an exchange of minds. By Western standards of originality the copy is worthless, or at best amusing, since it is neither new nor unique. In the East, the copy is considered original if it transmits the true spirit of antiquity, if it comes from the source. That source is not the ancient artist-master, but the spring of consciousness from which both the master and the student drink to infuse life-force into their creations. Simply speaking, who cares if it is a canary or the son of a canary (or a copy of a copy). The question is--does it sing? And so I strive to create works which "sing".

Origa Origa is a pen name of Olga Hooper. She is a sumi-e artist and haiku writer, and she also studies ikebana and ceramic painting. She's been writing haiku (both in English and Russian) for about four years, and has won prizes in International haiku contests.

Origa's work has been published in World Haiku Review; Simply Haiku; World Haiku Anthology, edited by World Haiku Association, Japan; Hermitage. A Haiku Journal; Reeds: Contemporary Haiga; Lishanu; Haigaonline; The Heron's Nest; Yellow Moon; Frogpond; Dasoku and Haikumena. She translates haiku poetry and haiku related articles, in English and Russian, both ways.

Origa also holds an international bilingual Calico Cat haiku contest twice a year in her Live Journal, with her original sumi-e as prizes:

Her web sites:
Her Poetry page on the World Haiku Association web site is: .

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