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Reading Rilke


Silenced with Unspeakable Hope is the newest painting in my Reading Rilke series. My intent was to infuse the painting with a sense of atmosphere, breath, the dawning of a new day, hope in the distance, the transience of our existence. Here are the words of the poem which inspired this work.

It seems our own impermanence is concealed from us. The trees stand firm, the houses we live in are still there. We alone flow past it all, an exchange of air. Everything conspires to silence us, partly with shame, partly with unspeakable hope.

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