Sometimes you fail, but then you try again.
I began the Plateau in late August while I was going through some familiar back pain. I worked on The Plateau intermittently between other pieces and other pain and finished it in late November. The Plateau is about a lot of things for me; it's about feeling like you've running in circles, it's about overcoming obstacles and perseverance in the face of failure, it's about perception and what is hidden in plain sight, but most importantly, it's about taking a step back and realizing all of your achievements that have gotten you this far. The Plateau is an illusion, an imp of the perverse, something constructed from the mind that can eat away at the heart; it has already become a seminal piece for the work that has followed it and I will probably always look back on The Plateau, but with a fondness and an understanding of where it lives in my mind.
It's fitting that we spent another several months on perfecting the print of the Plateau. With our first attempt, Andres hand separated over 15 layers of a screenprint, but after we got there we realized the soft magic of the Plateau was gone and the print didn't resemble the same Plateau anymore. So we started over. We took the bones of what we were doing and reworked it into a print that brought new life to the Plateau while retaining the softness of the original gouache piece.
“The Plateau Forever Ago” is a high quality giclee print with three layers of screenprinting and gold leafing on 20" x 30" archival paper. It comes with a custom marbled poem/Certificate of Authenticity and a blacklight flashlight. Prints are hand signed and numbered in limited edition and will be available for $175 + shipping.
On the process: 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) without exposure to the sun. 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 comes 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 rather 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 leaf
- 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
- Original Release April 1st, 2019.