Print Method: Giclée
Released: January 2010
Looking out the window from my studio, I often see eagles whirling and twirling in the air. Sometimes they do it for courtship and other times they do it just for fun. There is a profound feeling of majesty and awe that happens when you see an eagle soaring in the wind, only to tumble in a controlled spin. Aware that they are the kings and queens of the skies, they play with the elements and bend them to their will.
Whirling and twirling on the slopes, too, are the snowboarders. They attack a halfpipe with reckless abandon, performing acrobatic feats that at once look impossible, but at the same time, seem natural. Ollies, McTwists, 900’s, and Backside Handplants are attempted and pulled off. Boarders race each other, catching air and soaring like eagles over the rolling terrain. They hit the slopes while they play with the elements and bend them to their will.
I’ve chosen to include this print in the Spirits of Snow & Ice Collection which pays homage to the winter sports that take place in my hometown and all over much of British Columbia. The background image of the eagle is done in respect of my Coast Salish ancestry and represents a spindle whorl design. The spindle whorl, I feel, is the perfect metaphor for weaving together our worlds.
The prints in this series bring together the four worlds present in our First Nations belief structure: The sky world represented by the dawning of a new day. The land world to which all the athletes in these images belong. The sea world evoked through the frozen waves of snow & ice. The spirit world guiding the athletes and giving them the characteristics of our sacred animals.
"Eagle” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in January of 2010 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 221 prints bear the title “Eagle” and are signed by Andy Everson: 200 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/200 through 200/200; 20 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s Proof. Numbers 1 through 50 in the primary edition and all Artist’s Proofs are available exclusively in limited edition matched box sets containing all 10 prints of the Spirits of Snow & Ice Collection. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 11x17 inches. Image size measures about 9.5x14.5 inches.