‘Half Moon’ by Andy Everson – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: ‘Half Moon’ – For countless thousands of years mankind has looked up into the heavens to watch the celestial bodies journey across the sky to mark each day of the year. The sun warms the earth and gives light so that everyone can see. The stars form patterns in the sky and serve as reference points to the very origins of different peoples. The moon, in many ways, has sparked the imagination with its regular cycle of transformation.
The moon has a number of different phases in its cycle. When the moon is between the earth and the sun, it appears dark and is referred to as a “New Moon.” When the moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the earth, the moon is bright and is “full.” In between, the moon appears as a crescent, growing and then later shrinking as each day passes. The phases are: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, and Waning Crescent. An average moon cycle is 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes.
In Kwakwaka’wakw tradition, the Full and Half Moons are seen to battle for the right to show themselves at night. In one particular dance, the Full Moon and the Half Moon come out on the dance floor making noise and pointing to the moon shape above their respective masks. The singers, realizing that they are fighting over who should show themselves suggest that they have a dance contest. After a hilarious bought of dancing, the winner is declared by the assembled guests and can journey across the sky that evening. “Full Moon” and “Half Moon” are a matching set of prints.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: “Half Moon” is a limited edition print using the silkscreen method of printmaking. Print production took place during August of 2004 at MacDougall Screenprinting of Courtenay B.C. The artist was involved extensively throughout the process and has ensured that all stencils were destroyed following printing. A total of 121 prints bear the title “Half Moon” and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; 9 Remarques; and 4 Printer’s Proofs. The acid-free 100% Stonehenge paper measures about 22.25×22.25 inches. Image size measures about 18×18 inches.