Cosmic Raven and the Pleiades
by Barry Herem
1991, a seven-color serigraph, limited
edition of 195, signed, titled and numbered,
printed on 100% cotton rag paper
On the Pacific Northwest Coast, Raven is the central hero-trickster and regent of the cosmos, the metaphorical as well as the mythical reason for the way things are. He is not a religious figure, but like a religious figure reigns at the heart of every process, both macrocosmic and microcosmic. His main gift is the gift of transformation, of multiple identities. In this serigraph he is spun into the nucleus of an all-forming atom with its pinwheel of electrons or quantum particles which pass around a few of his alternate faces. Likewise, he is suggested in the phases of the moon. Through and beyond him one sees his fully limned shape against the farthest night sky, against a pin-hole constellation of the Pleiades. It could have been any constellation or galactic view, but in certain esoteric tracts the Pleiades are said to be home of a proto-original race of other beings, in fact, our ancestors. Such speculation would appeal to Raven, indeed he would have had a hand in it… inventing, or discovering, or implanting mankind for the pleasure of his enhanced manipulations… the one in whom all mysteries are subsumed, indeed, the origin of the principles of the Cosmos.
Look for his many faces, printed with luminescent ink, in the phases of the moon and in the corners of his atomic structure. He is everywhere.
It is difficult, with a photograph, to see all that can be seen in this actual print. The lines are in fact solid and clear and from various angles, or in shifting light, all of the varieties of faces can be clearly seen. Enjoy.
This hand-produced seven-color serigraph is limited to 195 impressions with 20 artists’ proofs. It has been printed on 100% cotton rag paper of archival quality. The artist, Barry Herem of Seattle, Washington, and the printer, James Hunziker of Vashon Island, Washington, produced this work during the winter of 1991.