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Luce Zolna shows 'Haiku Spirit' at SXU Gallery

Saint Xavier alumna uses Japanese poetry form in calligraphic books and marbled paperworks

WHAT: “Haiku Spirit” highlights the work of Luce Zolna, a 1965 Saint Xavier graduate and a member of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. The exhibit features Zolna’s calligraphic books and marbled paperworks that celebrate the haiku form of poetry. A Japanese poetry form using 17 syllables, haiku attempts to capture the essence of a scene, a feeling or a momentary insight into human nature. 
	
Zolna said she wants visitors to “experience the book as a moment in time.” Working in an accordion-book form to suggest expanding or stretching time, Zolna uses color, texture and tiny abstract paintings within. Blank pages allow the viewer “to pause, to breathe,” Zolna said. “Pages with miniature paintings and poetry are the heart of the book.”
	
In her marbled paperwork, Zolna experiments with the form to create untraditional effects, suggesting nature, flowers, trees and rivers. Some suggest emotion, feeling and thoughts. On some of the paperwork, Zolna uses haiku verse to suggest the theme of the image.

WHEN: Through Nov. 24. Artist’s lecture and reception, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3.

WHERE: SXU Gallery, lower level of the Warde Academic Center on SXU’s Chicago Campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

COST: Admission is free and open to the public.

CONTACT:	 For more information, contact the university at (773) 298-3000.

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