Fourteen: ArtsLab Group Exhibition
The Lunar Cycle
The moon waxes for fourteen days and then wanes for fourteen days.
The time interval between a full moon and the next repetition of the same phase, a synodic month, averages about 29.53 days.
Is it coincidental that the human menstrual cycle is about the same length as the Moon cycle?
As the average length of women’s menstrual cycles matches the moon’s waxing and waning cycle, many cultures associated the moon with fertility.
The celestial body’s influence on humans biology had largely been dismissed as myth, but several recent studies have linked lunar phases with sleep and moods.
In a study, researchers analyzed long-term data from women and found that for some their periods synced with lunar light and gravity cycles at certain times in their lives.
In the silver moonlight growing
Thou wilt see a pale-eyed flower;
Shunning day, and only blowing
At the silent midnight hour.
—William Fox Henry Talbot, The Presentiment, 1830
Derges' work revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature.
She endeavors to capture both visible and invisible scientific and natural processes - the physical appearance of sound, the evolution of frogspawn or the reflection of the moon and stars on water.
She is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the movement of water by immersing photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines.
Flomen's photograms are made with the aid of disparate light sources, such as fireflies, the moon, or a handheld flash, using large-format film and photographic paper to record his views of nature by harnessing the power of natural elements, among them wind, snow, and rain, to create his distinctive images of nature.