Eras is a series released as NFTs (non-fungible tokens) on the platform Nifty Gateway on December 23rd 2021.
Eras tells a story about change through its visuals and its sounds. Each piece represents a chapter of my life, an era. It is a reflection on how I have changed over time and what I felt like during those specific stages.
Accepting that things might change can be difficult, because we may indulge in a comfort that we have known for so long. In fact, the sole idea of leaving that state can be distressing. What I know though is that change opens the door to new opportunities and experiences, as well as a chance to be a better person.
2021 draws to a close, and I’m totally floored by the magnitude of what it represented for me. The past year has been nothing short of incredible. Many things have changed in my life, on both professional and personal levels. So much so that I feel like this is the start of a new era for me. A page has been turned.
One of this year’s personal standout moments for me was when I released Five Fears. Honestly though, it's more about this particular moment in time that I cherish because it was so unique. All the craziness, the discoveries, the friendships that were made…It was surreal to be navigating through the NFT space along with my dearest friends while being able to bring my vision to life with this project and genuinely feel like an artist.
After I had released that series, an immense feeling of euphoria stayed with me for a few weeks. But when the dust settled, it left me with so many questions to answer, a feeling of emptiness and a lack of clarity. Ironically, after releasing Five Fears, I was afraid to take a step forward and work on the following project, wondering if it would be a worthy follow-up or not. I certainly put a great deal of pressure on myself. Therefore, I decided to take a step back and give myself some time. I had to remember to stay authentic and honest with myself since every piece or series has to be meaningful and a step forward for me as an artist.
However, I realized that the series I’ve been releasing on Nifty Gateway were somehow connected by their themes. First was Facade, which is about how we have sides of our personality that we tend to hide from others. For me, behind this facade were the fears that I portrayed in Five Fears, my sophomore series, but I was still wondering what could follow. I found myself recollecting quite often about how several aspects of my life weren’t the same as they used to be. A subject kept coming back to mind, and it was “change”. It’s this idea of being able to progress through life as a human being, and better myself each passing day. I had a desire to take a look back at the previous chapters of my life, but also recognize where I’m at now, and where I’m headed onwards.
Eras tells a story about change through its visuals and its sounds. Each piece represents a chapter of my life, an era. It is a reflection on how I have changed over time and what I felt like during those specific stages. Accepting that things might change can be difficult, because we may indulge in a comfort that we have known for so long. In fact, the sole idea of leaving that state can be distressing. What I know though is that change opens the door to new opportunities and experiences, as well as a chance to be a better person.
Despite being very personal, I wanted this collection to have a universal meaning for anyone who looks at it. Portrayed are ideas of change, overcoming, and even discovering your purpose after a long journey.
It was the first time since I began my journey as an artist that I worked on a personal project for several months. Having the chance to focus on my own projects has been a huge blessing to me. This is the series in which I’ve put in the most effort to date, working on it whenever I could for the better part of the year; by far the longest time I’ve ever spent on a project since I began my journey as an artist. There were some challenges and setbacks along the way, but overcoming them was incredibly rewarding.
If you read all of this, know it means the world to me. This collection is a labor of love, and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.
Origin, Dawn, Limbo, Alter, Eras & Relic
Screen captures from Eras Experience, an immersive gallery presenting the pieces from the series in an environment inspired by Limbo. Experience it here.
I'll be eternally grateful to these people for their incredible help into bringing this project to life:
Dexamol, Matthew (Nifty Gateway), Wilkins Chung & White Lights (Manifold), FentonXIV, Durkatwork, Justin Wetch, Phillip Gara, Omegafoxx, Dino Muhic, Gilles Augustijnen, Padi Frigg, Otoy & RNDR, Steven (Merchbox), Roger Dickerman, Maalavidaa, Toomuchlag, my family from Digital Warriors, my crew from CryptoArtists, Fesq, Numosis, Tommy Noble, CryptoKitch, Slimesunday, Gabriel Thibault, Mario Gervais, Chewy Stoll, the Sphere Gang, Dad, Mom, my sister & my step parents.