13 Moons

A couple of decades as an immigrant halfway around the world from my home country and so, so different from home in terms of seasons and weather has led me to study both attentively in my new country. Dissatisfied with using the same terms for the seasons as in my former country – spring, summer, autumn, winter – I became delighted with the approach of the custom of many first nations who divide the year into the 13 moons, with each moon cycle having a name relating to that time of the year. Moons to do with the harvest of a particular crop, or hunting of a migrating animal, with the first frosts or the spring sugar run in the maples. It seemed to me to be a more precise and useful way of season marking. This led to the creation of a couple of moon series’, constructed and also carved and painted wood.