Reading: The moon, painting and poetic imagery. Jo Melvin with writer Gertrude Gibbons and artist Joe Walker
The moon, painting and poetic imagery. Closing Event for Jeff Gibbons Exhibition, NowHere Factual Nonsense.
Reading with Curator Jo Melvin, writer Gertrude Gibbons and artist Joe Walker
There is something strange about moon – something haunting about the silvery light it leaves across night landscapes. Gazing at the dark sky, this orb glows with a pure intensity which has inspired through time a sense of mystery and power. Both bold and exposed in its bright presence, the moon has been used as a symbol, a means of talking about mysteries or sensations that are otherwise impossible to discuss. It has been the source of poetry, of myths, the goddesses Selena and Diana, S T Coleridge’s Cristabel, Robert Grave’s White Goddess; but it has also been a means of measurement, cycles and tides. The moon might be considered a key symbol for the process of metaphor itself, of poetic imagery, because it is a touchstone which enables discussion around and about the mysterious.
"I should relate some time how I
My views on poetry, how it came to
That I consider myself today one of the many
Who arranged their rhymes about cherry blossoms,
Chrysanthemums and the full moon."
Czeslaw Milosz, Not More
Start Time: 2.00pm