Moonlight (after Edvard Munch)

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‘The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,’ —W.B. Yeats

moonlight magnetic

I went to see the Edvard Munch show at the Met Breuer and I was really pleased to see “Moonlight”, which Jane Dougherty used for a prompt in 2016 (Jane’s prompts stay with me), and which I had done a collage and a poem for.  I could not get a good photo of the full painting because of all the people looking at it, but it has lots of dimension and subtle color changes that you can’t see in the online reproduction below.

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When I went back to look at my original collage, I had used a section of the painting only as inspiration…I remembered the large face.  And once again, the poem is not that different from the one the Magnetic Oracle gifted me with…there seems to be a pattern here.

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winding beneath the
tangles of neural pathways
I follow myself,
moonlit shadows reflecting
mirages deep, heavy, dark

I was also thinking about a question Crow at Words and Feathers asked in a recent poem:  what sound does a shadow make?  Since I’m always talking about shadows, I’m sure I’ll revisit the idea again.

The pounding
of blood the whisper
of shadow
the stillness
of reflected light—dreams sail
bare beneath dark moons

I reworked the original collage a few times, and I’m sure I’ll do the same for the one I did today…it needs to sit for awhile first, but I’m definitely not satisfied with it.  At least the Oracle is being cooperative with Shadorma November.

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24 responses to “Moonlight (after Edvard Munch)”

  1. rivrvlogr says :

    This is one fantastic self-collaboration, with some great shadorma.

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    The shadorma are tremendous! I hadn’t thought of testing the Oracle with shadorma. She might have liked that idea. She certainly cooperated with you 🙂

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  3. sheldonk2014 says :

    The sound of a shadow is only heard in its darkness

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  4. alongtheinterstice says :

    (don’t know if my comment showed up elsewhere) – quite the grand density and refolding of content, like the way a dream or a shadow of a dream can be

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  5. Evelyn Flint says :

    Fabulous collages….

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    This is all wonderful, Kerfe. The shadorma, collage, and Munch’s wonderful painting that I had forgotten about. I love how it all connects–the shadow world. Shadows and connections fascinate me, too. 🙂

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  7. Sharon Mann says :

    Beautiful Kerfe, your collage does remind me of a dreamscape. Sometimes there are people represented and sailing through but I’m not always sure who they are.

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  8. Jill Kuhn says :

    Enjoyed both of your collages, Kerfe. Both so interesting to look at. 😊

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  9. kestrelart says :

    Such great collage … those blues

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