2 March 2016

week 8 - petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, semitic and asemic writing..

.. plus ramblings about my own scribblings :-)

Writing goes back a little more than 5,000 years and could it be that petroglyphs lie at the root of that? Those beautiful rock and cave paintings which I discovered for the first time, quite accidentally actually, when we were gathering wood for a fire while camping - I was 12 years old, captivated and in awe.

Hieroglyphs we know as those pictorial inscriptions one would associate with Egypt, with the Rosetta Stone casting an explanatory light on translating them, and much more..

While semitic writing usually happens from right to left, and my own language associated with Romantic languages written from left to right, we are just scraping the surface of philology...

So to add to this very interesting subject the fact that some symbols with special meaning only to me and my particular art making have been surfacing in some of my work - now, am I painting, or am I writing? These marks have been practiced, done again and again, so that they start to feel like a signature - signification? Or doodling?

There is also asemic writing which to me is more like a dance of the writing instrument - with no deeper meaning than the depth of the graphite on the paper, often repetitive gestures that have a therapeutic quality and is quite beautiful when displayed, unintelligible and not meant to mean anything. It's just there.

So one could argue that graffiti could be another form of asemic writing then. If graffiti artists would just pick their canvas more carefully... and not cause damage or costly harm

And so on and so forth

Here is this week's little painting - looking much like sgraffito on a black board :-) -

back next week ..e^)


'black board' - 300mm x 300mm x 15mm acrylic on canvas


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