Structural Asemics by Jurga Sarapova (Vinius, Lithuania)

“Plants already have plans” by Jurga Sarapova (Lithuania) (February 2017)


Jurga Sarapova of Lithuania produces art – outsider, primitivist with roots in folk tradition – that also has resonance as highly distinctive visual poetry and asemic writing. Saraprova integrates abstraction rooted in textual-linguistic structures with visual images. Highly prolific, her work sometimes suggests the informality and associations of an artist’s journal and are organic; in other cases, however, it reference printed book pages, conventions of graphic design, geometry, fragmentation.

The pieces constantly make the viewer aware of the representation of language on the page. They are asemic because, most often, they cannot be “read” in a conventional way; but they draw upon visual structures of language. In fact, Sarapova’s work is a fascinating exploration of language structure, paradoxically removed from the process of making meaning on the level of the sign and sentence. Here is a piece that is especially textual:


“Find fault” by Jurga Sarapova (April 2017)


While the work is deeply interesting as an intellectual investigation of language, Jurga Sarapova’s fluidity of composition, the childlike simplicity of images and effortlessly organic unfolding upon the page make the work engaging and joyful. Her pieces lack the pedantic, grammar book quality of some asemic writing.


“Bird feeder and creeper” by Jurga Sarapova (January 2017)


Jurga Sarapova’s asemics are based on graphemic-suggestive units (or possibly glyphs). They are delicate, unique and advance through variations. They are sometimes placed in linear patterns where a particular graphemic unit is repeated. These base structures do not signify other than to suggest an (imaginary) language. These progressions equate to an asemic syntax and relationships among the simplest units. The smaller units are often grouped together in larger units that appear like paragraphs (or pages of dense writing). The emphasis on structure, linearity and text blocks invokes written representations of, primarily I think,  Western (European-based) languages and/or specifically Lithuanian, Russian and even Sanskrit that are likely familiar to Jurga Sarapova. The next piece integrates conventional, found text:


“Gazette” by Jurga Sarapova (April 2016)


“Barefoot with roots” by Jurga Sarapova (January 2016)


“Old garden, new spectacles” by Jurga Sarapova (January 2017)


“pen6cil” (sic) by Jurga Sarapova (April 2016)


“Poppy essay” by Jurga Sarapova (May 2017)


“Meet the requirements” by Jurga Sarapova (April 2017)


Many thanks to Jurga Sarapova for generously sharing her work with Asemic Front.




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