Floating World 7 on the wall at Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St. in Philadelphia, until October 14th.


The DVAA members’ exhibition “Artist, Writer, Reader” pairs a work of art with text chosen by the artist. I chose a wall label from the exhibit “Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams” at MOMA. Kingelez is a visionary artist who lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). He described his fantastic architectural sculptures of imagined cities as “extreme maquettes.” Places “where everyone can feel at home.” Places “larger than life” and “so full of promise.” His work made me ask myself questions about my “floating world” series. Where does hope reside in my imagined worlds? What are the conceptual anchors?


Exhibition News!

Floating World 5 is in a group show in Portland, OR, at Verum Ultimum Gallery, 3014 NE Ainsworth St. The exhibition, Abstract Catalyst 5, continues through September 23.  All the art in the show can be previewed at, on Instagram and Facebook. Happy to be part of this show. Hope you enjoy viewing it!


Marilyn Stubblebine

Invented Language

Calligraphic marks sometimes appear in my work. I started including these graphisms in large oil paintings in the 1980s. They continue to reflect my love of Chinese calligraphy mated with impulses to communicate meaning in ways that lay along side of language.






Detail from Floating World 7, 2018.


I recently became aware of the work of Argentinian artist Mirtha Dermisache whose art is composed of invented graphic languages. Illegible writing offered as visual poetry. The “reader” translates.

I am impressed by her focus on asemic writing, writing without semantic content, to tackle the limits of language and to explore the possibilities of mark making as rich with meaning.

In her own words:

No importa lo que pasa en la hoja de papel, lo importante es lo que pasa dentro nuestro. (“It’s not important what happens on a sheet of paper, the important thing is what happens within us.”) —Mirtha Dermisache

                                                                                                                                                                               Marilyn Stubblebine

Floating World 5


In conversation with art patron Agnes Gund, in response to “Why use bright color?”, Ellsworth Kelly replied:

I want some joy in what I do.

I can dig that!

Thinking of color:  Color can release the weight of any sentiment. A spectrum of color supports a spectrum of feelings. Neighboring color reactions depend on things like value, size, placement…the viewer’s eye. Bright mixed dark pale solid tinted bold dull pulsing heavy light. You got it.

Words…Color words
Color poems, stories
Color confessions, wishes, lies, fairy tales, newspaper headlines…Yikes!
Color pulse Color time tick tock

I feel that the English word color needs another syllable. Ends with a thud. No?

How about Italian: Colore. 3 syllables. Last syllable, -re, the sound lingers…

Marilyn Stubblebine






The Red Page

Red Page

The Red Page has hung around for years in various piles and boxes of sketches and cut paper. Several layers of red acrylic paint over a page from a mystery paperback. Where to go with it? ____

It has had a strong and consistent hold on me for all these years. Usually I would pick it up and rub my fingers over the surface. Feeling the opposing textures of the mildly rough paper against the smoothness of several coats of acrylic paint…not enough coats to completely cover the text. I enjoyed playing with it, bending it. The flexibility of it appealed to me. Not only a painted surface, a painting, but also an almost-sculpture you could pick up, hold, touch and gently bend. And it felt so good!

It was an easy choice to pin on my newly hung bulletin board. Now, seeing it from a short distance as I paint…a new viewing perspective!…my curiosity about it grew. Til one moment, I visually became enveloped by the emotional weight of the red. Impact.

A short google search has led to some factual findings about the visual weights of color. Research finds red as bearing the most visual weight then blue, green, orange, and yellow being the lightest weight.

This woman will be walking through fields of red and doing some investigations on the visual weights of color and its effects.

Tip: Change perspectives now and then. See what happens…

Enter: Squiggly Marks

Floating World 4

A few faint calligraphic swirls make an appearance in Floating World 4.


To tell you something to speak to you to to connect to you 

Want you to listen to say

Something to listen to

To want to be listened

To heawhat is seen

To look to see to say

Like the sky

The sky is blue

So blue