Ashley Collins Works

PLENILUNE by Ashley Collins
  • Ashley Collins


  • Collage
  • 87.0 " x 99.0 "
  • Oil and acrylic on aged paper, historic pages, hand fired resin finish.
    Investment $158,500.
    While life is comprised of millions of moments, there is one that
    surpasses all others.
    That moment when we realize, when we truly embrace, that we are
    being loved wholly and fully without reservation.
    That moment when the Sun and the Moon fully see one another.
    The time of a Plenilune, or Full Moon.
    月が綺麗ですね | tsuki ga kirei desu ne translates to “The moon is
    beautiful, isn’t it?”
    This phrase is a more poetic way of saying I love you. During Japanese
    writer Natsume Sōseki’s (1867-1916) teaching years, he supposedly
    overheard a student translating “I love you” rather awkwardly into its
    literal and direct translation: “Ware Kimi wo Aisu.” Soseki believed—as
    a product of his time and culture in the Meiji period—that this direct
    translation rejected Japanese sensibility. Thus, this more subtle, nuanced
    translation of “the moon is beautiful…” was born.

    What an amazing way to refer to love – “The Moon is Beautiful.”
  • $158,500