NICHOLAS MOORE Four Faces of Hearn: Japan 2009 [R/F] - x +

CN: MooN2009fac1

MT: mixed media: watercolor, oil stick and paper and ink on linocut on paper mounted on wood (32x23 / F:48x38x5)

TX: inscribed at rear with felt pen at center in English <FOUR FACES OF HEARN / VARIANT 1 / N.J.C.MOORE / 2009 / WWW.NJCMOORE.COM>

IL: Albanopoulos & Petrinou 2009, #21; Megakles Rogakos 2009, p.66-67

CT: Martinos Art Gallery, Athens - 2009

CM: For Nicholas Moore mixed media has become more dominant an art form in the last two years. He found that the nature of the mixed media technique can express the different sides of his work. Recently his work concentrates on the figure, with an emphasis on their environment - at what is around the subject. Moore has been collecting Japanese arts and crafts since a child. He was interested in Lafcadio Hearn as a very fascinating and intriguing man. In Four Faces of Hearn Moore took to represent four aspects of his life. Basically, the same figure of Lafcadio is reproduced in every picture. Every different object in the imagery around him has relevance to his life. In each picture, the lunette on left hand side is occupied by a picture (symbol) identifying the place he lived - stylized versions of the Japanese flag, then the Greek flag, the municipal flag of New Orleans, and finally a combination of the emblem of Durham College with a suggestion of the Irish flag. The images to the right are more or less literal representations of the texts inscribed in the background of each work. Though legible the texts act at first glance as a texture, an embroidery, reflecting Hearn's depiction of the daily life of japan recounting that, which is sewn deep into the experience of the subjects he describes.

The first part of Four Faces of Hearn is about Lafcadio's Japan. In the red circle of the Japanese flag is a traditional origami piece called 'Yakko-San'. On his jacket is mounted an origami figure of Buddha in a meditating position. The foot of Buddha is taken from an illustration accompanying the Footprints of Buddha chapter in the book "In Ghostly Japan". This image is used with reference to his rejection of Catholicism and his conversion to Buddhism. The following quoted text on the image is from the chapter, At Yaidzu, from the book "In Ghostly Japan": And in one way we ourselves are as Gods,--since it is only the sum of the pains and the joys of past lives innumerable that makes for us, through memory organic, the ecstasy of music. All the gladness and the grief of dead generations come back to haunt us in countless forms of harmony and of melody. Even so,--a million years after we shall have ceased to view the sun,--will the gladness and the grief of our own lives pass with richer music into other hearts--there to bestir, for one mysterious moment, some deep and exquisite thrilling of voluptuous pain.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2009]

ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn 2009 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens
NIKOS ALBANOPOULOS & CHRISTINA PETRINOU Nicholas Moore: A Tale of Three Islands: Great Britain Crete Syros 2009 Municipal Art Gallery, Ermoupolis, Syros