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