Asemic Doggerel by Mars Tokyo? (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Mars Tokyo (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

May 16, 2015 - I have been a fan of Mars Tokyo’s art for a long time. Her work has been exhibited widely, and she is a faithful supporter of the mail art network. She is extremely versatile, working in watercolor, pastel, lithography, etching, photography, digital modes and assemblage, among others. In particular, I have greatly enjoyed her “Theater of the 13th Dimension” series:

http://teenytheaters.com/

I think this collage Mars Tokyo sent is FAB! Beyond the humor and play, she obviously has a good eye for powerful images. The intricate system of roots (branches? vines?) is mesmerizing. Although she likely thinks more in terms of the visual arts, I find a language-suggestive, asemic dimension in the work, which is an application of the organic eco-asemic theory I have proposed elsewhere. I do think that if you put on your asemic glasses, you might gain an even greater appreciation of this work.

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Deepest thanks to Mars Tokyo! She has a tremendous webpage where you can see more of her work and learn more about her:

http://marstokyo.com/

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on May 17, 2015 at 2:38pm

I'm glad you like it, Susan. I have been a Mars Tokyo fan for some time. This is the first mail I have received from her. Right, this collage is just one-dimensional, flat, but it creates a powerful visual effect.

I don't know if she was consciously thinking about asemics. It would be great to hear from her. Guido Vermeulen did wonderful nature pieces like this that he called asemic, and I was reminded of those.

Thanks again.

Comment by Susan McAllister on May 17, 2015 at 2:41am
I am delighted to see Mars back at IUOMA again.This I a gorgeous piece. It looks so 3-D, but I'm guessing it isn't.
I certainly see your point about asemics. Thanks for sharing.

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