Deb Rindl. (Night flyer) (In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni). No 27 of an edition of 30.
(London. England: Deb Rindl. C.2002). Sevier Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction. "In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni," found twice on the printed center sheet of this book, once from left to right and the other from right to left, is a well-known palindrome. The artist translates the phase as "We enter the circle after dark and are consumed by fire." Other translations suggest a spinning motion, much like the movement of a moth drawn to a flame. Rindle remarks, "In this Ancient Roman example (of a palindrome), I found the poetic quality of the English translation particularly evocative. It conveyed to me notions of being cleansed and reborn, which I feel I must be prepared for to move on in life, even though sometimes this can be painful." Rindle cuts horizontal slits in the sheet and the paper areas between slits are folded differently for artistic effect when the sheet is unfolded. The center sheet, which is actually four sheets pasted end-to-end, is then attached to boards covered in gray cloth, so viewers can read the text front to back or back to front. Only a small burned mark and the artist's translation of the palindrome suggest where the book begins and ends.