Inspired by a poem of the same name, by Brian Johnstone, in "Homing" (2004, The Lobby Press) and exhibited at The Scottish Poetry Library (2002), this form was inspired by the sense of light an dark expressed in Brian's poem, "Sentience", which has something of the quality of a black and white photograph, perhaps one of his influences. I wanted to create a sense of moonlight, as it falls on an object, in this case a book form, out of which spring the words. I used gold leaf, along with a monochrome palette as a way of suggesting the very particular quality of things illuminated only by the light of the moon.
Location: Private Collection
Photographer: Douglas McBride