MEANING LESS: An Asemics 16 #3 Dialog with Marie Wintzer (Saitama, Japan)

Mail-art by IUOMA member Marie Wintzer (Saitama, Japan)


August 26, 2011 - Marie Wintzer is one of my best mail-art friends. So I was thrilled when I learned she and I would both have chapters in Edition #3 of the Asemics 16 collaborative mail-art book project. (I took over for Dark wall who had other obligations and left the project ;) Above is the first page of the beautiful chapter I just received from Marie. I could not be more pleased! She chose to create textile asemics. Here are pages two and three:


The textures of the fabric and subtle color tones are a wonderful background for the white thread that, of course, is the actual asemic writing. Next is the center spread of pages 4 and 5:


The delicate and fluid weaving of the threads, knots, and twists reveal Marie's aesthetic sense and also suggest to me a stream-of-consciousness flow of thought and shifting emotions.


While the writing itself is complex, Marie's chapter is ultimately minimalist. I think the economy she uses is incredibly powerful, leading us to focus on every intricate thread, knot, and intertwining. Here is the concluding page:



I will treasure this textile asemic chapter from Marie always. It suggests to me the stream-of-consciousness passages in James Joyce where we enter the minds of characters and move with them through memories, dreams, hopes, and regrets.


Marie and I did not communicate much to each other about what we were doing for our Edition #3 chapters, but it was clear we both saw it as an opportunity to have our work together. I have been working on a series of "Cherry Blossom" asemic poems inspired by Marie's photography, so I decided to include selected poems in my chapter. Here are the pages I sent Marie:



I used old pin-up photos, continuing an artistic dialog I have had with Cheryl Penn (South Africa). The Cherry blossom poems also use film noir and hard-boiled detective stories, especially Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, as referential texts.  The next piece is not a Cherry blossom asemic but is a piece I made for Marie, who is clearly an influence and inspiration:

The center section is an asemic writing study that I think would be considered "Asemically Correct" by purists:



These are more cherry blossom pieces with an emphasis on the darker side of noir:


Marie and I have very different styles. My work for Edition #3 is based far more on popcult references and signification (especially the parrots) in the vispo areas. I think at the core, however, we have indeed managed to have a dialog that draws on our previous work and that explores similar things in very different ways. Asemics 16 has provided a wonderful opportunity to put our work together and is yet another aspect of the collaborative process. Make sure to check out Marie's mail-art blog:


Views: 930


You need to be a member of International Union of Mail-Artists to add comments!

Join International Union of Mail-Artists

Comment by cheryl penn on August 29, 2011 at 7:08pm
DVS - Tackle with Intent!!!!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 7:05pm
Stop egging me on!
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 7:04pm
Using all that fabric, Marie was trying to increase the jean pool?
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 7:02pm

Kiss and makeup? I guess they do wear a lot of makeup.

Comment by cheryl penn on August 29, 2011 at 7:02pm
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 7:00pm
I'll move over there soon. I didn't realize it was a Polansky film. Now I'm interested.

Theresa, ever since the sperm-egg, umbilical cord-embryo interpretation, Marie has disappeared. I'm afraid she's horrified. Like the movie said: "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth."
Comment by cheryl penn on August 29, 2011 at 6:58pm

I believe in kiss and make up!!!!

Comment by cheryl penn on August 29, 2011 at 6:57pm
SWEEET! Ok - take me on on Marie's Ghostwriter blog - we'll battle to the death on intent and meaning - I've donned the gloves... BUT you do win the copy and paste war - I cant do that.... - ONE - ONLY one tiny - repeat TINY point to you ;-) X
Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 6:55pm

Gumby says hello

Comment by De Villo Sloan on August 29, 2011 at 6:52pm
Definitely. And it appears the blog has sent Marie into therapy. A total winner this was. See what happens when you go away?



Want to support the IUOMA with a financial gift via PayPal?

The money will be used to keep the IUOMA-platform alive. Current donations keep platform online till 1-mar-2021.   If you want to donate to get IUOMA-publications into archives and museums please mention this with your donation. It will then be used to send some hardcopy books into museums and archives. You can order books yourself too at the IUOMA-Bookshop. That will sponsor the IUOMA as well.










© 2020   Created by Ruud Janssen.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service