‘It looks like writing, but we can’t quite read it’
This comes from www.asemic.net a website about this practise that has potential as an intriguing way of adding focus and drama to paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces.
I started searching for more information about asemic writing after reading an article in Cloth Paper Sissors about using your handwriting in your Art.
Jennifer Coyne the article’s author suggests choosing a word, a feeling to infuse the journal without being obvious and to use colour and stitch on the pages to complement that word.
This set me off looking for examples of this form of writing with no specific semantic content. I found out Kandinsky used it, the Chinese use it, including the wonderfully named ‘drunk’ monk Hucisu.
I’ve found some images of drawings and painting that have really wetted my appetite.
Flipping brilliant, I love text but often feel uncomfortable writing anything specific in my art work. This offers me a great stepping stone towards adding text and another way to add visual textures.
Here’s a little play I had in my daily journal.
I’ve started gathering more images on Pinterest.