Sign of the Times (⌘☀⧈♨⚭✹∭✇ ฿) is a portfolio of nine intaglio prints conceived and created in 2017. Each print uses three copper plates. The image size is 8”x6” and the paper size is 14”x12.” All of the images were printed on bright white Hahnemühle Copperplate paper. The project was editioned to twelve and each edition is housed in a custom clamshell box.
Inspired in part by W. Somerset’s Maugham’s 1919 novel The Moon and Sixpence, the nine prints address the inexorable human desire to always want something else.
“When I imagined that on seeing his pictures I should get a clue to the understanding of his strange character I was mistaken. They merely increased the astonishment with which he filled me. I was more at sea than ever. The only thing that seemed clear to me - and perhaps even this was fanciful - was that he was passionately striving for liberation from some power that held him. But what the power was and what line the liberation would take remained obscure. Each one of us is alone in the world. He is shut in a tower of brass, and can communicate with his fellows only by signs, and the sign have no common value, so that their sense is vague and uncertain.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919, pg. 133.