I would really like to encourage people to set their minds, senses, and imaginations free with the ‘fridge magnet haiga’ project for the next Showcase. For a start, it doesn’t have to be haiga…
What can you express by something that attaches to a refrigerator? My first example, in the previous post, was simply a photo of one of the messages left for photographer Robin Malherbe on the fridge he uses. What I love about it is the fact that it has used large, tatty, much-loved, single letters to deliver the tag ‘Rob loves’, and then augmented it with magnetic whole-words. Notice how the word ‘his’ has been improvised from ‘is’ stuck onto another word beginning with ‘h’. it’s not exactly haiga, nor haiku, but it is nevertheless brief and full of gentle impact.
But you don’t have to
Artist Sean Kenney makes creations with Lego bricks; but also in his portfolio are very simple presentations like the image below, made from fridge letters. Again there is impact here. Is it an encouragement or command for you to use your imagination? What do the jumbled letters mean? Are you trying to make a word out of them as you look on? Are you even thinking about John Lennon? Again, it’s not exactly haiga or haiku, but if something like this turned up as a submission to the zen space, for this Showcase, I would be delighted and intrigued.
Blogger Bhakti has created her own poetry out of magnetic whole-words.
Art Lebdev has created a game involving coloured shapes built up from squares, with which an almost infinite number of abstract combinations can be made. There are no words involved, but the shapes themselves can be a form of abstract expressionism.
With Lebdev’s ‘Tetrius’ shapes, or alongside any image of anything that can be stuck to a fridge, you can provide accompanying words. They can be text separate from the image, or they can be superimposed on the image. They do not have to be made of magnetic letters.
Indeed, if you make a picture, say of something like the AliExpress butterflies shown below, and you feel that the image alone clearly has an in-the-moment message, then that will do also.
It’s entirely up to you.
Also if you simply wish to write a haiku, poems, or fragment about fridge magnets, that would be brilliant too! Get in touch with me by email – see the ‘Submission’ page.
All images above are selected under ‘fair use’ provisions.