The Moon Goddess and the Sun


Mixed media collage made from cut up prints over an acrylic wash on watercolour paper, inspired by the cutouts of Henri Matisse.

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The Moon Goddess and the Sun is a tribute to Matisse’s cutouts with a complex genesis.

My first foray into printmaking was making collagraphs, with limited success at first. After a while, I began making the plates with scraps and offcuts from various rejected monotypes. I liked the appearance of the plates, so decided to make collage for its own sake.  This and others are on a larger scale than the plates and taking inspiration from Henri Matisse.

In this piece, the central yellow panel is an acrylic wash on watercolour paper. I was originally intending to use it as the background for a linocut. The cutouts are from various monoprints, some in acrylic, some in oil based inks.

The image is about 25 cm by 20 cm (10″ x 8″). I used a sheet of Fabriano watercolour paper, about 38 cm x 28 cm.(15″ by 11″). The mount is 40 cm x 30 cm.

The title phrase, The Moon Goddess and the Sun, is also the title of a Science Fiction Novel by Donald Kingsbury – although in that case it is spelt Son.

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