My use of the moon as a subject in my new work began as an extension of the mythology-based images of my most recent work. Rather than using the image as part of a larger allegory, I decided to use color and texture to explore the mystical and cultural connections we have to this heavenly body. In the oil paintings, the Blood Moons and Flesh Moon, I wanted to make the connection between the moon and the body, the moon and the feminine. The surface of the moon is rendered to look like flesh, pink and wet, with craters that look like wounds and birthmarks, and hair sewn onto the surface. My exploration of these references continues in the moon cycle series, rendered in graphite on primed linen, I chose 8 phases to represent the full lunar month. The moon grows, diminishes, dies, and then is reborn. Here, my interest lies in how that repeating pattern relates to the cycles in our own lives— in the grand scale of human history, in an individual's life and death, and especially in the small endings and beginnings in everyday life. Hope and anticipation can be found in the young, growing moon, and loss, longing and fear as the moon wanes. I am particularly interested how endings bring about new beginnings. The dark moon is called a new moon, so the completion of the cycle is really a birth.
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JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.