Series Bonsai (Shohin, Mame)
In addition and also in opposition to his large-format paintings from those series, Haager has taken up producing small ink pieces he calls “Bonsai”. These borrow from various Asian painting traditions while addressing the fleeting and spontaneous qualities of plein-air and watercolour painting. In one sense they serve as sketches, like seedlings or cuttings that will grow into larger pictures or later be translated into a larger format, but at the same time they are also miniatures representing large paintings that already exist.
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