Mandala #353 – Asemic Cipher

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asemic /əˈsem.ɪk/ adjective

  1. using lines and symbols that look like writing, but do not have any meaning.

cipher /ˈsʌɪfə/ noun

  1. a secret or disguised way of writing.
  2. DATED a zero; a figure 0.

This is the zeroth post in a short series of mandalas created from excerpts of text written in scripts that are — at least to me — undecipherable. The resulting forms invite the observer to perhaps ponder for a moment as to the original meanings, or perhaps to simply rest a while in their asemic nature.

This series is dedicated to my dear friend, fellow blogger, wanderer, keen photographer and insightful observer of nature, bluebrightly. Thank you for the spark of inspiration for these.

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9 thoughts on “Mandala #353 – Asemic Cipher

  1. A very belated thank you, Graham, for the kind words. The idea of ciphers is an interesting one to think about alongside asemic writing. I also like the idea that there isn’t any hidden meaning in a particular piece of asemic writing As you said, we can just rest in their nature, undecipherable as it is.

    Spellcheck wants me to change asemic to academic. NO! 🙂

    These clean, black and white mandalas have a binary, digital feeling. I can’t wait to see what else you’ll do with this concept. 🙂

    (Imagine a string of cool emojis here).

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