Chariot that takes the sun across the sky,
We’re not allowed to look at you without
Even with sunglasses on I dared
To see you,
With the highlighted white puffy clouds
Floating underneath you, you higher.
And I was tricked for a second!
I really believed you were the moon instead.
A perfect circle in the sky
Round, glowing outline and
I then realised this false moon circle
Was actually you
That was the longest I’ve set my eyes on you.
I admire the backdrops created by your
Setting and rising presence. Blues, blues -
Soft pink rolling into
Lemon horizon lines.
Is this the point where your golden disc has
Finished its crossing from left to the right of
The sky -- the horse and chariot have completed their
Daily task and must come back tomorrow.
The un-gilded side of you must present itself now
You have to go the other way
Darken yourself completely and make your way back.
Then -- reignite yourself for the morning.
Look at these petals
Spread out and slightly curving,
They look most beautiful
The way the sun sees them always
With its miniatures of mirror reflections,
Marigold colour circle convexities
In the centre, raised and straight
With its rays of soft yellow
Bursting from cores of circle disks.
These sun children stay looking at their
Mother Sol for as long as the
Day holds out.
The American sky is not like any I’ve seen at home,
Or possibly, I never remember.
I saw the big full moon this morning
At half past six
There in the darker side of the sky
Glowing and perfectly circular, colours of
Grey, and coral
Textured but as flat as a 2-D painting.
It was hanging there opposite to where
The sun was beginning to come-up and say,
‘Wake up New York City!’
And I always quite like it when both
Sun and moon are there together
In the sky at the same point in time,
It feels rare.
It could not be,
Just like how it could not be that
This pinky blue and lemon sky only belong to America.
A few more minutes and a couple more
Glimpses of the moon when I can catch it with
Feeling desperate to hold onto –
The jazz stops and the radio voice declares
‘A full moon this morning folks, it’s still out there if
You can get to see it.’
Section of holepunched clear film from my 16mm film reworked digitally
A SUN IS NOT QUITE A SUN UNLESS IT IS RADIENT - Chris Marker quote in 'Sans Soleil'
- After working with the idea of 'Sun Worship', I started to be as interested in 'the circle' as I was the sun and begun to merge the two in my way of thinking and seeing it.
- Also the use of gold was important from the beginning for me because of its history in representing - the light, the sun, the divine.
- How the sun has been the most worshipped 'image' throughout history that its shape and colour became important and valued in all religious communities and so in art.
- Countless artists use the circle, natural light and the colour gold in their works because of its embedded universal importance it has to ourselves and the relationship we have to nature and the unknown cycles we experience in life.