Author, Franz Kafka, Artist, Mindy Belloff
Edition 15, 3-3/4″ x 2-5/8″, 1997-98
Letterpress printing of handset type. Images: Linocut and pochoir with hand painting, ; inside gray slipcase. Text: Vol. 1 from Kafka’s Metamorphosis; Vol. 2 the artist’s response from a dream.
Transmutation opens with the first line of Kafka’s Metamorphosis in Volume 1: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect” and the artist’s response to the text by way of a dream, in Volume 2. The book speaks of the power of dream imagery to inform and transform.