The Moon of Manakoora is a painting named after a song from the famous 1937 film; "The Hurricane". The song is sung by Dorthy Lamour. The movie was the first one ever shot on location in the South-Seas. It's a tale of Star-Crossed lovers, plus a monster hurricane which wipes the island of "Manakoora" off the face of the big blue Pacific Ocean.
"Manakoora" is roughly translated to mean "Magical Knowledge"; "Mana" meaning "magical or spiritual power" and "Kuu-rah" meaning "Lore" or "Body of Knowledge". Upshot is the moon has magical powers, and you can ask it to make your true love come to you.
Like Dorthy Lamour sings:
"The Moon of Manakoora filled night,
with magic Polynesian charms.
The moon of Manakoora came in sight,
and brought you to my eager arms."
Much of my art is inspired by music. "Diga Diga Doo" is named after an amazing piece of "exotica-music" that started as a "swing" tune from a 1928 Broadway musical. It was re-recorded by the legendary exotica composer Martin Denny in 1961.
Exotica music was "Hawaiiana-music" popular in mid-century America. Its goal was to take the listener on an audio trip, often complete with sound effects like bird calls, to an "exotic" land, very far away from the very conservative work-a-day-world.
Denny's exotica "Diga Diga Doo" is a near perfect audio embodiment of what I am seeking to represent with my Tiki-Art. The painting is also the answer to the exotic-question; "What would a living Tiki-Mug look like"?