Sleeping With a Moon Jar
A residency project at Konstepidemin in Göteborg, Sweden
THE PLACE AND IDEA
Working in Gothenburg, Sweden during the time of the midnight sun, I made twenty moon jars to represent the twenty originals. Locals were invited to borrow a moon jar, place it in the same space they would sleep, and take a photo of it at midnight.
The moon jars filled the void of the actual moon on those impossibly late sunlit nights.
The traditional Korean moon jar originated during the Joseon Dynasty. Crafted by inverting and attaching two equally sized bowls, a telltale seamline often emerges during the firing. As tall as it is wide, with a restricted opening and no lid, its function has been heavily debated. Moon jars characteristically feature lunar details like a milky white glaze and rotund form.
Only twenty original moon jars from the Joseon Dynasty remain in the world.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RETURN
The following are photos from participants of the Sleeping With a Moon Jar project. Participants took a photo of their borrowed moon jars at sunset (which ranged between 10:30 - 11:30pm at their latitude).