Mail art by IUOMA member Jan Hodgman (Anacortes, Washington, USA)
October 22, 2015 - Among other artistic pursuits, Jan Hodgman is doing some fantastic asemic writing. I am thrilled she sent me new work.
I am not always sure about vertical or horizontal presentation in the case of some vispo/asemics I receive. This sometimes happens with Matthew Stolte’s work (Wisconsin, USA). Matt usually responds (I paraphrase here): “Any way you want.” In this case of Jan Hodgman’s work, I have chosen a vertical presentation of the postcard-size piece after looking at all the angles. I like this particular point of view because the connection between writing and drawing are, for me, most pronounced.
Interpretation of asemic writing, of course, is highly subjective. This work by Jan Hodgman, at this moment anyway, seems alive to me with bird images. The birds become or originate from the letters “M” and “W,” ultimately producing new symbols. I think it is a FAB work, made all the more pleasing due to its organic and process-oriented quality.
Many thanks to Jan Hodgman!