Mail-art by IUOMA member Claudia McGill (Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA)
November 3, 2013 - Dear friend and ever-faithful correspondent Claudia McGill mailed me this brilliant piece that favors my own interest in asemic writing that is composed, at least in part, on a randomness principle.
As I hope the scan reveals, Claudia composed this postcard-size work by overlaying strips of (mostly) cursive writing in a relatively linear pattern upon a foundation of more cursive writing. Note that this "cut-up" technique (see William S. Burroughs) was employed by a number of artists who participated in the monumental Asemics 16 collaborative book project in 2011-12. This process creates new symbols and textual forms, all of which could not possibly have been anticipated. I find the result very impressive.
Friends know that Claudia McGill is capable of using an astonishingly wide range of aesthetic approaches to produce pleasing results. For this piece, she looks back to her gritty roots in the Trashpo, anti-art school. In fact, this work bears some similarity to the 2005 Trashpo compositions by visual poet Jim Leftwich (Virginia, USA) that launched the recent Trashpo craze (along with the work of Diane Keys (Illinois, USA).
Many thanks to Claudia McGill for sending work for the growing asemic collection.