Holding the Moon (thinking outside the square) Mo 19

Posted: June 15, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Holding the Moon Mo 19
vintage electric blue leather over acid free bookbinders board, egg shell mosaic & black papier maché moons, antique parchment (circa 1812) scalpel cut stars stitched with white linen thread, vintage blue silk lining, egg shell mosaic covering a macadamia nut moon seed, moon ladder made with grape vine tendrils, white paint & linen thread
H 6cm x W 6cm x D 6cm
last night my wonderful sculptor friend Bronwyn Berman saved the day when she questioned why I would show this work without letting the viewer see inside the box. I had tried putting the tiny moon ladder inside the box earlier in the day but it just cluttered the space, shifting my focus to outside the box did the trick. This week Jude Hill had discussed how framing and context can change as the work progresses, ain’t that the truth, I was so intent on thinking inside the square I couldn’t see the way out, it’s so good to have artist friends!
the ladder at rest on the lid
the view from above with the ladder holding the lid open
outside on a sunny day to give a sense of scale
a safe place for the moon to incubate dreams
PS a few days later Liz suggested letting the moon out to enjoy the view
that was fun but feels better nestled safely in its box

  1. wildchild47 says:

    Oh brilliant! I love the ladder – the detailing – and it works so well as part of the whole, as well as being functional/purposeful. I admire (to the nth degree) the subtly of it’s slight twist – and the twining of the vines just add the right amount of whimsy — honestly Mo, this piece just blows my mind – I’m going to swoon with the images for awhile (great way to end my evening I think)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Wild Child))) ’tis done, just need to work on the artist statement, Bronwyn helped with that too by asking what was the maximum number of words on the entry form for the Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize, I didn’t know as I always just look at the minimum number when wrangling words. It would be magic to get selected but the competition is fierce, over 500 entries from Australian and international artists are received each year with approximately 45 finalists’ works exhibited.

  2. Eliene St. Romain says:


  3. Nancy says:

    Mo~ Like Wildchild said, that subtle twist of the ladder is just sublime! Your moons have been sure growing ladders lately 🙂 I love the photos outside too…the bright light gives such a different sense of the piece and to see you holding it…sigh.

  4. Louise Watson says:

    So much of our work is problem solving and letting ideas develop, don’t you think? The ladder is perfect to complete the whole concept, and builds on your earlier work. I love it.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Louise))) so true, here’s Brett Whiteley’s (an Australian artist who died in 1992) advice to the aspiring artist –
”aim at virtually whatever is in front of you… 
and then one day you’ll see something that you have truly never seen before 
and that is the beginning of yourself 
& that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.”
      (NB Difficult pleasure is how Brett described painting, or creating art: Art is an argument between what a thing looks like and what it means.)
These words have helped me find my way through the long dark nights many many times in the past 30 years!

  5. fiberels says:

    a true treasure box Mo !!!!!
    Keeping the moon safe 😉

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) just trying to get some thoughts into words here –
      for the love of the moon
      that cool high perspective
      does the moon care about all the dreams and longing we send up to her mysterious eyes?
      she is a mysterious dark mirror of our collective dreaming
      her constantly changing face a measure in time with the many moons that make a year, a lifetime, her cool gaze reassuring
      all those long train journeys up and down the coast with the moon out the window gliding alongside, guiding the rails
      dancing in the moonlight light, singing with the stars
      50 years since a man first walked so awkwardly on the moon
      and that beautiful photo of earth rise seen from the moon… that beautiful vision a green and blue paradise when our beautiful broken world is crying out for us to mend our ways, to look after her with kindness, love and respect for all life… the paradigm shift, I have to believe we can change our ways, we used to think the world was flat… the alternative is too cruel
      an exploration of thinking inside the box by making the most beautiful box I could muster only to find that for it to work I needed to make that leap outside the box. There was a few days in the process when it was very close to becoming high Kitsch which can be amusing but doesn’t transport the soul, the heart of the matter, that ineffable moment when the dreamed of thing becomes a work of Art.
      I work with deep intent from dream to reality with care and attention to detail, to make a thing well that will last for generations.
      a talisman to hold in these strange days with this city getting more harsh, and hard-hearted by the day, considering The Moon reassures my soul & makes peace with my heart

      • fiberels says:

        Ahhhh ((Mo)) you not just captured the moon inside that box … you captured just right here a whole LOT more !!!
        (not only your hands … you also make beautiful words)

        • Mo Crow says:

          (((Els))) have to write more about the magic and mystery of the moon, the ritual offerings for the Full Moon tonight & the Solstice on Friday night are potent times so I am just working on a drawing whilst watching out for the magic from the corner of the eye

  6. Hazel says:

    Mo, I have no words, just a wish that I could hold it all and gaze deeply into your box.

  7. Margaret Johnson (from Victoria) says:

    BEAUTIFUL Mo..ox

  8. jude says:

    this brings me back to art school, i made a lot of boxes, just boxes, i think i still have them.

  9. Every locked situation could use a step outside the box. This is such a life lesson. Each time, I repeat it and repeat it to myself till the locked part dissolves. What a perfectly beautiful creation.

  10. Liz A says:

    the ladder looks to be a living thing …

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Liz))) love how grape vine tendrils are so springy & lively! The little ladder was too big on the inside but fits so perfectly on the outside, the lid has turned into a little verandah like an awning on a caravan (aka trailer in the USA)

  11. arlee says:

    dive into the moon, immerse. (I see a diving board, a spring loaded catapult to moonlight.)

  12. perlhuhn52 says:

    I cannot express all my thoughts and feelings. I´m speechless. Wonderful Mo!

  13. Saskia says:

    the ladder does the job perfectly

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