A friend visited me in the studio the other day and stated how defined the Blue moon was. He comfortably commented how it ‘definitely looks like the moon......I mean it doesn’t look like a ping pong ball’. Although a slightly odd reference point, it encapsulated what I had been considering since I started using the images. I have always tried to make the drawings legible, to be a depiction of what they are. Although images can be used in many ways, I still wished the initial contact point to be definitive. The moon for me is interesting as we all have an interaction (physically/ visually/emotionally/physiologically) with it but the detail of its surface and how that is depicted is important visually. In terms of a reflection, the moon is the ultimate reflector. I don’t think I have ever looked up at the moon with my own eyes and been able to see these details but I ‘knew’ I was looking at the moon. The older I get, the more experienced I become, the more stable I feel looking at the ‘moon’. However when I’ve tried to create the moon through pencil/ink/paint the reception has not always been so solid. I created the ‘Blue’ moon with what appears to be more detail than the ‘Yellow’ moon but really they have the same detail, yet the contrast and colour make the yellow one much more subtle and harder to see. For me the ‘Yellow’ moon is then less definitive but more ‘realistic’ as a depiction seen through my eyes. Therefore it is closer in distance. Paradoxically I made the ‘Blue’ moon more detailed yet further away. The ‘Blue’ moon drawing is a reference to the use of the lens as this device has made this drawing appear to be a depiction of the moon. The discovery and then the announcement of the telescope by Dutch eyeglass makers in 1608, followed by the research and theory David Hockney proposes about painters such as Vermeer using these lens to create their paintings, is very important. The lens has created power through definition, that perhaps the blue ‘detailed’ drawing of the moon and its surface appears more ‘powerful’. Yet this power has perhaps been somewhat abused by Vermeer et al with their concealment of the use of lenses in the production of their work. I somewhat hope to place the viewer between these two images Ps Both drawings of the Moon are flipped images. So that the surface craters are the mirror image of how they appear. So these aren’t realistic depictions of the moon.
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