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Released August 2004
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.
“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 22.25x22.25 inches. Image size measures about 18x18