Caught inside a dream unfolding
(fragments from the narrative...)
Caught inside a dream
in surgical greens and searing reds . . .
My Mother's Body . . .
In the blackness at 4 a.m.
I watch . . .
Seized by an ancestral vandal
I am jolted upright
by the shrill cry of the Gorgon . . .
its paralyzing gaze
a distorted mirror veiled within dualities
by burning layers of decayed cells . . .
I ride the cycles between chaos and calm
slowly steadied . . .
Limited Edition Artist's Book
Ed. 18, 7 3/4" x 11 1/2"
An edition of 18, with 18 pages, Caught inside a dream unfolding is an artist's book letterpress printed on white Stonehenge and translucent Thai papers. The text is set in Univers on photo polymer plates with images printed from engraving plates and linoleum cut blocks, with hand painting. This powerful narrative is beautifully bound in gold book cloth and housed in a deep ochre slip cover. Original writing, images, printing & binding by the Mindy Belloff. It is available from Intima Press (www.IntimaPress.com).
Artist Mindy Belloff writes:
“Caught inside a dream unfolding is a poem describing the last 24 hours of my Mother's life and her struggle with illness as she metaphorically fights the ancient mythological monster, the Gorgon, which represents the cancer that took her life. Translucent pages contain nostalgic text that often functions like the Chorus of a Greek play. At other times the poetry feels closer to the intimate diary entries they were based on. The color palette, varied texture and opacity of the papers, and the transitions in the text from a more traditional font to my own handwriting, adds to the narrative flow, shifting as memory does between present, past and future. The visual poetry flows in a similar way. Each page is intuitively composed allowing the eye freedom to travel. As the pages unfold, one may pause on an image of a swing, serpent, or branch, or simply rest quietly in the white space of an individual page.
. . . wishes, dreams, transformations . . .
BIO: Mindy Belloff produces fine printed book editions at Intima Press in New York City. She received a Master of Arts degree from New York University. A mixed-media installation and book artist, Ms. Belloff creates layered personal narratives sensitively integrating text and imagery. Book arts combines the many skills she has acquired as an artist including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, welding, glass blowing, writing, and poetry. It often takes a minimum of 2 years, and usually longer, to create a book from concept through completion.
Ms. Belloff’s books are in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum National Arts Library, the Library of Congress, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and numerous special collections and archives. She is a MacDowell Fellow and recipient of a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Residency Book Grant. She currently teaches book arts and letterpress printing as an Adjunct Professor at Long Island University Palmer School of Library Science and through the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Belloff strives to preserve the history of the book while keeping the future of printing alive by teaching hundreds of students the art of the book and letterpress printing at her Studio on Union Square.