Study of a Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke
archival pigmented prints with handwritings
45×85 cm each, set of 3
Rilke's poem Evening (Abend) depicts the state of trance that is brought on by experiencing dusk. The artist's fascination with the poem's truthful revelation of those disquiet feelings from the onset of the evening and her bewilderment of the last sentence of the verse, “One moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star", prompted her to ask the questions: Why would life shift between a stone and a star? And how is it related to dusk?
Having compared the poem to its translations, the artist focused on a series of directional words and referred to a diagram of the constellation. At last, a child’s game serendipitously made her realize that distant stars can grow from the earth, and heavy stones can hang in the sky. Near and far, heavy and light, up and down, expansive and restrained, as different as they may seem, they are the same.
The triptych format of this presentation restores and resonates with the gradual process of cognition in three steps: the collation of the text, the encapsulation of ideas, and the unexpected encounter of the image.
45×85 cm, 共3件
Courtesy of Mikkel Kaldal
Courtesy of Zhejiang Art Museum