Prado - Hand Embellished Print #5
30 x 40cm (12 x 15.5 inches)
Hand Embellished Archival pigment print on 300 gr Moab Entrada Rag Matte Fine Art Paper
edition size 10
Signed and numbered
On a fluke I ended up in the south of France in 2005. One impression that has stuck with me all these years is these old hand-painted advertisements on the sides of building from generations ago.In Places like Béziers, Sete, Agde and Bédarieux there were these artifacts. Remnants of the past that have outlived their intended purpose. Signs from an era long gone, viewed as so insignificant that they weren't even worth erasing. So they remained. There seems to be some parable there. "the star that shines twice as bright shines half as long..."
I've always been fascinated with decay. These things, in our environment, that seemingly limp along unaffected by the passage of time. Obstinate in their refusal to simply go away. Immune to their fading glory, they lack self doubt. They simply remain, it's a strength that's both surprising and inspiring. I wondered how long they would last? Would we be limping along as a species across the background of Liqueurs and coffee brands? Would these painted walls, after all is said and done, outlast us? I made the first of these for an exhibit at GCA gallery in 2017. This one I made in 2022 during the pandemic, when our future seemed less that certain. It hasn't been the source of an entire body of work, it's simply one of those ideas I can't shake. What does it mean to endure? What is it's value? At what point does the once discarded, rise and become priceless as an archeological treasure? Something common that transcends history, simply by lasting.