Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke; Artist, Mindy Belloff
Ed. 40, 10″ x 7″, c. 2002
Images from original gouache, ink, and pigment paintings (1997); Digitally printed with archival pigmented inks on textured rag paper with handpainting; Leather spine; Indian paper covers with handpainting; Flat adhesive binding by Judith Ivry; Text translation by David Oswald.
The vivid language of Rilke’s Duino Elegies is uniquely revealed in the bold, elegant paintings of book artist Mindy Belloff. After reading the Elegies for many years, the artist meditated on one a month. Ten Reflections emerged from a visualization of the poet’s words, which are interwoven throughout. Rilke’s expressions of despair, love, fear, and solitude begins, “Who, if I cried out would hear me then…”