The painting shows Hina, who is the enigmatic spirit of the Moon, alongside Fatou, who is the spirit of Earth. The observer can clearly see that she is trying to win his favour and that he is refusing to comply with her request.
The questions that she is asking, is that of humans being allowed eternal life. In the ancient myth, Fatou denies her request. They both have a long and passionate history of arguing and disagreeing with each other that is cleverly portrayed in this painting.
The chasm between the two figures is clearly shown in the way in which they have been painted. Fatou is seen as strong all powerful, as he has been painted to dominate the canvas.
He appears to loom over Hina. He is also represented with his face on show and only his chest is naked, the rest of him is obscured.
In direct contrast, Hina appears to be wholly vulnerable. She is stood facing him completely naked and open to his wrath. She has nowhere to hide.
It is very obvious from how they are painted that the two will never agree on anything and will be forever immortal enemies. Fatou also has great power over Hina.
Moon and the Earth is a curious mix of materials and applied painting techniques. The two figures appear to have been modelled on the canvas while the background is a mixture of patterns that have been taken from the nature that surrounds them.
As an observer, it almost appears that these two mythical figures are somehow more real than life itself. This is further emphasised by their sheer scale and presence in the painting, as they are obviously more powerful than any human.