natural pattern

25 Oct

Each day, each approach to this is different. Sometimes it’s a feeling, a site/sight seen, a memory, even a test of some stitch or motif.

I’ve been interested in what i call “ghost writing for a couple of years. I just never knew there was an actual term for it, until i stumbled across something similar. There’s nothing new under the sun, so i was quite surprised by the variety of examples and how they relate to what i’m doing.

Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”. With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning to occur trans-linguistically; an asemic text may be “read” in a similar fashion regardless of the reader’s natural language. Multiple meanings for the same symbolism are another possibility for an asemic work.


Early examples of what i was doing:

“Ghostwriting” 2010

“Instinct” detail 2010

“Padded Cell:Boro’d Time” sampling ideas 2011

“Alien Twitter”, work in progress 2012

“First Communication” 2012

I started seeing patterns in what attracted me. Natural patterning, natural asemics:

salt and snow on steps like a story

the branches of rowan/mountain ash

asemic writing that will morph…..

…into the branches of a rowan


Posted by on October 25, 2012 in influence and inspiration


3 responses to “natural pattern

  1. Mo Crow

    October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    ah these writings that you are making remind me of GW Bot’s glyphs, here’s a lin to an essay about her marking of the Australian landscape-

    • arlee

      October 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Mo! Her work is wonderful

  2. Treena

    October 31, 2012 at 12:28 am

    ‘boro’d time’ LOVE it! 🙂


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