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Moon Goddess

Mary Jo Ernst's avatar Mary Jo Ernst

Since the beginning of time humans look to the sky for guidance. Every culture has a Moon Goddess tale with a theme of penance and redemption. My entry was inspired by Amy Tan’s book The Moon Lady which centers around the Chinese Moon Festival. A grandmother tells her grandaughters about visiting the Moon Goddess who grants wishes only one night each year. She gets separated from her family and overcomes great obstacles to reunite with her family ,rushes to give her wish and discovers the Goddess is only an actor. She realizes that she is capable and doesn’t need a granted wish. The lesson is about self reliance and also pushes back on misogynistic overtones of ancient folklore. The Moon Goddess outfit is handmade from fabric and beads . The main details are a sketched Goddess in repose on a hand beaded Moon. Wishes were collected from family and friends and printed on silk organza clouds., beneath circling beaded galaxies at the waist. The silver lace skirt has stars on the hem

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11’
  • Medium: Fabric /beads
  • Width: 24’
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 5’8’