Metamorphosis VI: Blackbird

Metamorphosis VI: Blackbird
Edition Size: 950 signed and numbered (limited edition)
Artist's Proofs: 95 (sold out)
Print Size: 35” x 20”
Print Price: $125.00
Artist's Proof Price: Sold Out
Paper Stock: Finest quality acid-free, pH neutral 100% rag vellum white Essex 100 lb. art print stock

Sharing a reputation for mystery and clandestine activity, two black avian knights make their stealthy transformation in this metamorphosis by artist Jody F. Sjogren. Consider the Raven, whose dark presence and enigmatic ways have made it the object of more literature, poetry, and even worship than almost any other bird in history. Widely believed to be the most intelligent of all birds, the Raven is to the natural world what the SR-71 was to the world of men and aviation: big, black, mysterious, and at the top of its pyramid in “mental” attributes. The Raven’s highly developed communication skills and exceptional flying ability make it ideally suited for the “reconnaissance missions” upon which its life as a hunter and scavenger depends. The largest member of the Corvidae family and one of the hardiest of all birds, Corvus corax makes its home in both hemispheres, thriving in habitats from desert to tundra to mountainous altitudes above timberline. Likewise the SR-71, performing its secret assignments in the private sky 15 miles above the earth’s surface, covered the globe to secure its place as the world’s ultimate spyplane. For a quarter century the sleek, dark, exotic Blackbird was the final word in strategic aerial reconnaissance. Equipped with optical and infrared imaging systems and electronic surveillance gear, the SR-71 gave the United States “eyes in the sky,” gathering information about enemy military activity that helped write world history from 1964 to 1990. No more perfect partners could be found for this vision of art. From the winged creature put here by God to the miracle plane of Lockheed’s Skunk Works, “Metamorphosis VI: Blackbird” pays tribute to two big, black, highly intelligent birds. And it offers the disquieting reminder: you are being observed …

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