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(209) CHEZ PANISSE 2005

Edition of 1650 of which 125 copies are signed 1-125, 26 copies are signed A-Z as artist's proofs.

December 10, 2005

17-3/4" x 24"  10 colors Paper: Mohawk Superfine 80# Cover

Client: Chez Panisse Cafe & Restaurant, 1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709. Telephone: 510.548.5525.

1-125: Saint Hieronymus Press, Inc.

A-Z: Artist's own use

How we envy the birds of the air their blithe ascendance into the bright blue sky, unfettered by gravity's surly bonds, living their lives in three dimensions while we trudge along confined by two. In our dreams we sweep and soar, but upon awakening we hug the earth and our primal fear of falling.

My brother Daniel as a child dreamed he could fly, and, embraced in Morpheus' enchantment leapt from a third-storey window, flew briefly into the branches of an apricot and tumbled, less far than Icarus, into a freshly turned garden plot. Only a little scratched and bounced, he lay in my mother's comforting arms weeping less from the shock of awakening in mid-air than from the bitter realization that he could not fly. We are only what we are, and improve upon this as best we can. We do at least have our dreams.