THE PLATEAU, FOREVER AGO
The Plateau was originally created in late 2018 on a 60" x 30" panel with gouache and was inspired by the poem below. The piece was then professionally photographed and scaled to print size. The edition is then printed in our studio on a high quality printer and finished with three screenprinted layers. The first layer is done with a gold metallic shimmer that accents the rays of light and the clouds above the Plateau. The second layer is an invisible aqua ink that can absorb the sunlight and glow in the dark to reveal a moon in a starry sky. These accents can also be seen under UV/Blacklight (small blacklight flashlight included with each print). The final layer is done by hand applying triple 24K gold leaf on both the left and right side of the print. During the screenprinting process a 6" emblem in the bottom border is created from the three layers. Prints are then hand deckled and signed and numbered.
Each print came with a 6" x 9" poem/Certificate of Authenticity. Each poem is individually marbled at the studio making each poem unique, no two poems will have the same pattern.
I spent ten years trying to overcome The Plateau.
I ate when I could and let go of the weight that was holding onto me.
I mapped the light passing in each moment
hoping it would reveal doors to move through it.
I collected relics buried in the rocks
And with them I saw time unfolding.
I saw myself here many lives ago.
I saw how hard it all seemed then.
I remembered what it felt like for beginners.
And how simple it all seems now.
I walked with mindfulness, I found it easier than before.
I learned to make peace with this place
And I forgave it
For the things I haven’t forgiven it for
I tried to do the same with myself
And the people I owed this forgiveness to.
I returned what I took from the Plateau
For I knew it was no longer mine to have.
Then I looked up.
The Plateau, no longer standing as a challenge
But as a proud monument
For what I have already overcome.
And then I walked away,
Something I haven’t been able to do
Print details and specifics:
Paper Size: 20" x 30" with deckled edges
Image Size: 16" x 26"
Paper Stock: Acid Free Moab Entrada Natural Rag 290gsm
Signed in bottom right corner by James R. Eads
Numbered in bottom left corner
Three layers of screenprinting: metallic gold shimmer, invisible aqua and 24K gold leafing
6" screenprinted emblem in the bottom of the 2" border
Each print comes with a uniquely marbled 6" x 9" poem/Certificate of Authenticity
Each print comes with a 4" blacklight flashlight (AA batteries not included)
Produced in our studio in Los Angeles
Released April 1st, 2019.