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18" x 24"
8 color silkscreened poster on French speckletone black coverstock paper

"Jason and the Argonauts" is one of my favorite films of all-time, and anyone who has seen the movie most likely remembers the scene where an enormous Triton pops out of the water to hold back the clashing rocks that were about to crush the Argo, just before it could reach the open sea.

I've been fascinated by the Symplegades (or Clashing Rocks) since first seeing “Argonauts" as a child because they seem so purely allegorical and fantastic. In the movie it seems a pure pulp moment all about suspense and peril, but as I later revisited the original myth, the Symplegades passage became a bit more complex; it became a metaphorical journey of any pioneer, anyone determined to attempt what others regard as impossible. And as the Symplegades become fixed and benign after just a single ship passes through them, they hint at another universal truth: once you've made it to the other side and conquered that seemingly 'impossible' task, it often becomes difficult to imagine how you could have ever feared it at all.

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