MinXus Mail Bag: Asemic writing (asemics) & abstract art by Claudia McGill (Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA)

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Mail-art by Claudia McGill (Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA)

Mink Ranch regular Claudia McGill aka Miss Claudia has wowed us with an envelope brimming with her art, most of it post-card size but with larger items also. She sent this message:

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The piece that opens the blog is larger, approximately 6 X 10 inches. Tenderfoots are familiar with Miss Claudia’s distinctive collage work and painting style. This batch of work incorporates language/text in various ways, especially asemic writing; this work could also well fit the definition of visual poetry. The piece above is a fantastic example of her paint-over approach. Here is the reverse side:

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This is an asemic-oriented piece that suggests book pages. Many comparisons can be made to provide a context. We are reminded of Cy Twombly in particular due to the flowing cursive forms and painterly approach.

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We could appreciate Claudia’s use of colour and texture forever. The paint-over is evident above and the composition is more rugged and dissonant than much of her far more subtle work.

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This reverse side moves into the asemic realm even further. Readable words and letters are suggested in places but meld back into abstraction.

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Here is another black on white asemic piece that we think works very. We cannot recall other b&w work by Miss Claudia. The reverse:

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We present a vertical scan to give another perspective, as that can be an option with asemic writing.

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This (above) is a favourite piece in the collection.

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Here is another great piece with predominant black. Claudia McGill’s large envelope that contained all this work is also a piece of art:

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The reverse:

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Deepest thanks to Claudia McGill for this fantastic package!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Claudia McGill
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 22:30:53

    Thanks for blogging this. I had forgotten all about this group of postcards. And I enjoy hearing about how they strike someone else. There is just nothing like scribbling in some thick, dark paint and seeing what comes up from below the surface (of the paint? of the mind?).


  2. Claudia McGill
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 22:34:45


  3. minkrancher
    Aug 05, 2013 @ 02:10:36

    Claudia, I think your experiment produced some marvellous results.

    The beauty of asemic writing is that a child can do it. As you observed, probably most children do it. Asemic writing has also been elevated to a complex theoretical level. Knowing all the philosophy of language stuff is not important at all.

    You remind me of when Karen Champlin, a visual poet & IUOMA member, first got into asemic writing. She has always been deeply into art as therapy & psycho-analysis. It took her back to her childhood. It led her to explore even more her already deep religious faith when she started creating asemic symbols. That whole process was fascinating to see unfold. She learned a lot more about herself & produced a lot of beautiful work.

    Again, thanks for sending so much tremendous work.


  4. Claudia McGill
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 18:20:29

    This is interesting to hear. I like the fact that the meaning seems to be just beyond what can be comprehended – I also distort print this way at times – you can almost read it, but not quite. Something mysterious about that.


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