A Deleted Past, an Uncertain Future #1 (Special Edition)
The Bison on the side of the road began walking away as I approached. As if they knew that the presence of man could mean their demise, their deleted past is still only a moment away. What it must mean to be on the brink of extinction, only to be surviving because those who brought you there have brought you back, and only for a purpose to serve. The stutter of the herd departing is only muted by a whistle for them to stay. I have tried to capture the bleak, yet optimistic future of the species by the faint tones in the sky and tried to show the past and present by the desaturation of colors in the foreground and the shadows of the bison as they walk toward their uncertain future. Their uncertain future, their deleted past, similar to many examples of the cruel history of “humanity”.
This special version of this print is #1/10 (but likely the only to be framed in this manner). This version is framed in an antique reclaimed washboard that was found in Nelson, BC. The glass wash was removed, the wood taken apart, cleaned and sealed in an acrylic gloss medium to bring out the colour of the old painted print. Additionally, as the wood was quite washed, it was charred and sealed in a gloss (archival) varnish. A lot of work went into restoring the washboard frame to create this unique art piece. The print itself is printed on white aluminum, which counters the gloss of the frame, with a matte finish.