The story entails a rabbit who sacrifices himself as food for a weary wanderer. As a token for his exceptional proof of love, the wanderer, a god who was disguised as an old man, sent the rabbit’s body to the palace of the moon. Therefore, the craters and shadows on the moon portray a picture of a rabbit pounding rice into moon cakes.
This version of the Rabbit and the Moon can be found here. However, there are multiples takes on the story across cultures such as Mexico and China, and you will find that they are similar to each other. For the upcoming project, the children will be compiling their own version and interpretation of the Rabbit and the Moon.
Joan Jonas shows more of her artwork in video and short film.