Collab by Nancy Bell Scott – De Villo Sloan + NBS Solo Work & Ephemera

Visual-textual collab (version #1) by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)


Mail correspondence with Nancy Bell Scott concerning Asemic Front inspired me to attempt a collab piece based on material from the most recent package she sent me, including an amazing peice of paint-spattered wax paper. Most of the NBS solo work haa been previously posted at AF and elsewhere, but I think they are relevant. Furthermore, we have many new visitors, some of whom might not be familiar with the work of Nancy Bell Scott.


Painted-spattered wax paper included in envelope of asemic writing by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA)


Digital re-composition for NBS-DVS collab


“Looking for Home” (2017) by Nancy Bell Scott (remix)


Visual-textual collab (version #2) by Nancy Bell Scott (Maine, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)


“Asemic Legend” by Nancy Bell Scott (2017) (remix)


By Nancy Bell Scott (2017) (remix)




Eco-Asemics – Written in Stone


Eco-Asemics in Moravia, New York, USA


During the Asemics 16 collaborative book project several years ago, participants discussed many different ideas about asemic writing online. In particular, many pictures of natural phenomenon were posted that suggested language and textuality. They were presented to help define a shared concept of asemics. Either little or no human intervention was involved in these asemic finds, other than the artists seeing the texts/and symbols in nature, a use of imagination.



This type of asemics became so prevalent and interesting in our discussions that they were named: Eco-Asemics. As in this post, the primary means of sharing Eco-Asemics is through photography and video. Certainly other possibilities exist. Eco-Asemics are inherently Found Asemics; however, Found Asemics frequently involve human activity and even human desecration of nature.



Eco-Asemics examines nature and natural processes as removed from the impact of “civilization” as much as is possible. Thus, Eco-Asemics explores the archaic roots of language, symbols and written text as it surely connects to human contact with nature. I construct this definition based on the path followed by artists and writers who become more and more involved in Eco-Asemics. They are drawn often – certainly not always though – toward a reverence for and communion with nature. Many who investigate Eco-Asemics have said they gain insight into the primal origins of language and sign-making. They experience can have a profound impact upon their work.



Note the human presence in this pic:






Eco-Asemics - 6.8.2017 - 4a







Rorschach Asemic Collabs by Jan Hodgman (Washington State, USA) & De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)

Asemic collab by Jan Hodgman (Anacortes, Washington, USA) and De Villo Sloan (New York, USA)


I was thrilled when Jan Hodgman agreed to do collabs with me for Asemic Front via snail mail. I believed our styles would gel, but I had to decide on some foundations to send her.

Around the time of the Asemic 16 collaborative book projects (circa 2012), Cheryl Penn (South Africa) and I experimented with inkblots for asemics and visual poetry. We were pleased with the results. That work led us to explore the Rorschach psychological test and how inkblots could be used to tap the unconscious. Based upon my impression of her work, I decided to revisit inkblots with Jan Hodgman: So I made inkblots (red) and used them for the foundations I sent her.

I am very pleased to be able to present the results on Asemic Front. I will leave the psycho-analysis to visitors, but I do believe inkblot pieces function on a psychological level.



By Jan Hodgman & De Villo Sloan


By Jan Hodgman & De Villo Sloan


When the piece above came back, I decided Jan Hodgman wanted me to give it another layer. The red and black we were using became more and more apparent to me. Then I realized the piece reminded me of the work of the late Berkeley, California artist Susan McAllister. Susan loved red and black; she did extraordinary abstract art in red and black. So I took the liberty of turning this piece into an homage to Susan McAllister (and ran it through a few filters too).


“Homage to Susan McAllister” by Jan Hodgman & De Villo Sloan


Asemic Front poster remix by Jan Hodgman & De Villo Sloan


Fab collabs with Jan Hodgman. Many thanks!


Asemic Art by Sabela Bana (A Coruna, Spain)

Asemic art by Sabela Bana (A Coruna, Spain)



Spanish artist Sabela Bana is a member of the asemic writing group at the IUOMA. She mailed these wonderful pieces for Asemic Front. Some choose to call asemic writing asemic art, and in these works by Sabela Bana you definitely see the connection to abstract art. The element of calligraphy is also pronounced and the unconscious forms that emerge in automatic writing.