drawing breath

These pieces form a series called  drawing breath made during the first lock down months using charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolour and ochre pigment.  The drawings were made at home when I was unable to be in the studio and space was limited.   Within the confines of the circle I have imitated, played with and fused scripts as a visual language. This stream of consciousness non language is a meditative process which invites contemplation.

Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing.  The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”, or “without the smallest unit of meaning”.  With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.  It occurs in avant-garde literature and art with strong roots in the earliest forms of writing.  In the 1920’s, Henri Michaux,  influenced by Asian calligraphy, Surrealism and Automatic writing, began to create wordless works such as Alphabet (1925) and Narration (1927