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

CN: MooN2009fac3

MT: mixed media: watercolor, oil stick and paper, beads, gold leaf, muslin, wool 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 third part of Four Faces of Hearn is about Lafcadio's Ireland. The lunette combines the Irish flag with the emblem of Durham College, which coincidentally uses the image of rabbits - the rabbit being a symbol of good luck in Japan. On the jacket is an origami shamrock - national emblem of Ireland. The text on the image describes a dream, which is illustrated on the right as a woman singer metamorphosing into the ripples of the sea. The following quote on the image is from chapter 6, By the Japanese Sea, from the book "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan - Second Series": And in a voice that seemed to come thin through distance of years she began a soft wailing chant; and, as I listened, vague memories came to me of a Celtic lullaby. And as she sang, she loosed with one hand her long black hair, till it fell coiling upon the stones. And, having fallen, it was no longer black, but blue--pale day-blue--and was moving sinuously, crawling with swift blue ripplings to and fro. And then, suddenly, I became aware that the ripplings were far, very far away, and that the woman was gone. There was only the sea, blue-billowing to the verge of heaven, with long slow flashings of soundless surf.

[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