Report from Ireland – Michelle Moloney King
About my Asemic Writing
It started as an impulse to play with mark making all over the page and the sound of “writing” on paper. My work is informed by play, the relationships of shapes / colours within the page, of identity and what it means to be unique. I play with many different materials and they lead me to the end creation be it a heavy pigmented oil (almost) painting with a asemic language scraped into the pigment or a calligraphy pen. As a teacher, I find it funny how the English language is just 26 letters of sound and how the electronic impulse in the brain translates an image to a sound via a letter. I like to bypass the letter and go straight for that impulse…that frequency of soul and breath and thought on the page. To see the potential of a new language on the page is poetics in motion. It’s also exciting to see the cohesiveness of the finished work, how something new with no reference from Art History can look related on the page and when created again can be so different. I like to “read” back my visual poems and feel or imagine the potential of sementa understanding and yet wonder at its abstract nature and unique meaning to each and every reader.
I am a primary school teacher from Co. TIpperary, Ireland. I’m a mother and busy with the day to dayness of life and work. My balance is found in a creative release. I have always been “writing” asemic poems just never knew of them until lockdown afforded me the time and need to research poetry. I am the founding editor of Beir Bua, an Irish avant-garde journal that I set up before I really knew what I was doing….I was magnetized and followed that pull into experimental writings and visual poetry.