Asemic Art, Old and New

I’ve painted Asemic writing in my art for several years now. Some times I go through periods where I don’t create any Asemic writing artworks, but then they crop up again in my work.

For those of you who don’t know, and according to Wikipedia, “Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”.[1] With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.”

Here is one complete in the past few days–and one from years past–

Asemic 159, mixed media on Lennox fine art paper, 22 x 30, Marie Kazalia, June 2013
Asemic 159, mixed media on Lennox fine art paper, 22 x 30, Marie Kazalia, June 2013
Silver Asemic Spots, Marie Kazalia, 2K9/10
Silver Asemic Spots, Marie Kazalia, 2K9/10

new spot painting: pachinko

If you visit Tokyo, you’ll probably encounter a pachinko parlor or two — these brightly lit game palaces are usually noisy and crammed with players on games machines that look something like vertical pin-ball, with lots of steel balls falling and bells ringing. And so I was reminded of a pachinko parlor I passed frequently when I lived in Tokyo, once I completed this painting on paper using watercolor, Flashe and other synthetic polymer and pigments paints.

pachinko, painting on fine art paper, 22 x 30 inches, Marie Kazalia, Sept 2012

I’m Trying Art Licensing

I am signing an art licensing contract with a company that will produce small, medium and large format reproductions of 3 of my paintings as home decor for buyers who cannot normally afford large artwork, creating options for them to buy my art at very affordable price ($35-$50 per small-scale print; $100-$150 per medium; $190 – $220 per large-scale reproduction). The contract pays a percentage (royalties) on each sale. Here is one of 3 they selected:

Rainbow X, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, artist Marie Kazalia


Resistance, artist: Marie Kazalia, email the artist:

The title, Resistance, refers to the painting techniques used–which are the Process Painting techniques of layers, stain and poured paint. The silver acrylic paint layer (over yellow and texture on canvas) acts as a resist to the watery splashed on dark paint stain, so that it does not soak into the canvas as in traditional Stain Painting.  The stain layer of watery paint bleeds out to break from the confines of the hardedge forms based on military camouflage patterns. The artist mixes much of her own paint using painting mediums and dry pigments. In this case, the artist mixed silver aluminum powder into an artist grade acrylic medium as the pigment binder, to create the silver paint used in this painting.


mixed media on stretched canvas (acrylic, Flashe on canvas)

48″ x 48″

Artist: Marie Kazalia