MinXus Mail Bag: rub-BEing from Jan Hodgman (Anacortes, Washington, USA)

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Mail-art by Jan Hodgman (Anacortes, Washington, USA) 

First, a big “Howdy” and secret MinXus handshake is extended to Jan Hodgman on her debut here at our humble blog.

Jan Hodgman is a member of the Asemic Writing for Mail-Artists group at IUOMA-Ning. Having this example of her work, we can better understand her interest in asemics. Even if this work is not intentionally asemic, it has asemic characteristics. Elements of writing and drawing are integrated; and, despite all the linguistic theorizing, many excellent asemic writers began with doodling. We greatly admire the organic quality of this work and the formation of the symbols (a binary principle it would seem) into a system. As can happen with visual poetry in general, we are not sure if a vertical or horizontal view works best, so here is another perspective:

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The white space – absence – is a powerful aspect of this work, we think, at least the symbolic implication of absence. What we also find very interesting about this piece is that Jan Hodgman makes the grain, the contours of the paper, a part of the work through rubbing. This emphasizes the materiality of art and text. Visual poet David Baptiste-Chirot has created tremendous visual poetry and asemic writing through chalk rubbings, which he has named “Rub-Beings.” We see Jan Hodgman’s work as a Rub-Being as well.

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Many thanks to Jan Hodgman for sending us this very thoughtful and interesting mail-art!



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