“The Moon” by Ling Jian

By: Malcolm Ford

The Moon, 2014
Oil on canvas
78 7/10 × 70 9/10 in
200 × 180 cm

Just a beautiful personification of the celestial body. If that’s the exact effect the artist was going for. The overall pose reminds me of the arc the moon will follow at night. The expression she gives off is one of true disinterest, as if the viewer is the second thought in her field of vision. Much like our moon reminds me frequently, it is only attached by that invisible force and like the background when there’s a new moon things can seem unstable, unclear and amorphous. The bouquet could easily represent the moon’s tidal forces as well as the beautiful changes it goes through as it completes its cycle.

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