Jiha Moon, Exotic Gemini, 2019, ink and acrylic, nail decals on Hanji mounted on canvas.

Lucky Monster: Works by Jiha Moon

March 09, 2024 - May 19, 2024

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Growing up in South Korea and now living in the United States, Jiha Moon experienced both Eastern and Western cultures, which she reflects upon and combines harmoniously in her work. Both familiar and foreign, Moon’s woven cross-cultural imagery creates abstract scenes which integrate themes of pop culture, racial perceptions, technology, and folklore, traditional and contemporary. Her visual language holds multiple meanings, as calligraphic brushstrokes and blue china patterns interplay with Grumpy Cat and emoticons. In our interconnected global society, Moon investigates what it means to belong and how to determine where someone or something originates.

Jiha Moon (b. 1973) is from DaeGu, Korea and has lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida. Her work has been acquired by the Asia Society, New York, NY, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others. Her work has most recently been featured on the cover of the Fall 2023 issue of American Craft Magazine and in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World in 2023, which showcased the dynamic landscape of American craft today.

This exhibition is supported by the Edward D. and Ione Auer Foundation.