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Mary Vertigan
I chose this haiku because it has so many elements that were just begging to be illustrated. Lots of disparate ideas: Trees! Yoga! Salt!

The sky is the sunset over the Seneca river, the tree is cut and embossed metal, the salt is a photo that I colored with pencils, and I snuck in a simple Syracuse skyline. I’ve been primarily a printmaker, but collage has become more and more a part of my art. I’m fortunate to have a room full of papers, inks, and unique items most people would have no use for. It’s so exciting to be part of the 2023 Syracuse Poster Project!

Creating an illustration of a haiku is one of my favorite things to do. Reading the poet’s work helps organize some of the random visual ideas in my head.

Yoga in the park.
The salty earth supports us.
The trees feed our breath.

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