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Released May 2010
I can feel the wind flying over, under and all around my body. Sometimes I can look up into the sky and literally see eagles flying overhead. Distracted, I have to focus. Trees pass by me in a blur. I can feel the blood coursing through my veins, driven by the constant pump of my heart. Boom-boom. Boom-boom.
With only kilometres to go, I raise my speed incrementally: 47, 48, 49, 50 km/h. To me, these are merely numbers on the screen. The real measure of speed is the burden on my legs. I try to keep a rhythm: breathing and pedaling in a syncopated beat. My legs drive the pedals forward and around. Boom-boom. Boom-boom.
The finish line is in sight. I drive towards it, gasping for air. My lungs burn as they expand and contact. I think about my ancestors and the strength they must have had. A simple time trial is nothing in the scheme of things: 22 minutes. Boom-boom. Boom-boom.
Bliss! It’s over. I’ve finished another race against the clock. I look at my back wheel. It proudly displays one of my family’s main crests: the eagle. While I also sing traditional songs with a real drum, my bicycle wheel provides me with another way to sing a song. Boom-boom. Boom-boom.
"Eagle Drum’” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in May of 2010 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 56 prints bear the title “Eagle Drum’” and are signed by Andy Everson: 50 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/50 through 50/50; 5 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 17x17.5 inches. Image size measures about 15.5x15.5 inches.