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Bea Nettles: Mind & Memory

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Mind & Memory
2008
Bound volume with inkjet prints, cloth, and Icelandic fish leather spine
George Eastman Museum, Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

Mind & Memory calls upon tales about the Norse god Odin, who owned two ravens—Huginn (thought or mind) and Muninn (memory). Each day, the ravens would fly over the land and report back to Odin what they had seen and heard. The ravens brought back wisdom to Odin, but, as the traditional poems also state, the god worried that one day the ravens would not return and that he was particularly worried about losing Muninn (memory).