The Haiku Foundation honors the work of contemporary masters of the dual art of haiga: visual image wedded to haiku. This month’s featured artist is Claudia Brefeld.
Claudia Brefeld lives in Bochum (Germany) and worked as a biological-technical assistant at the Ruhr University Bochum (Faculty of Biology) in the fields of marine biology, parasitology, evolutionary ecology and biodiversity.
In 2004, she discovered haiku for herself, quickly joined by renku and rengay, through which she made many — also international — enriching contacts. She has always been on the way with her camera, so after a short time her interest in haiga was also aroused, which she still devotes herself to passionately. Hiking has been added as a passion, as she likes to be outside in nature — there she has the feeling of belonging and of having arrived inwardly.
Her haiku, renku, rengay and haiga, as well as photographs, have been published in many anthologies, including international ones, magazines (online and print) and also in newspapers, art exhibitions and so on. She writes essays and gives workshops on renku, rengay and haiga.