Jiha Moon: Foreign Love
2012/2013 Working Artist Project (WAP)
Exhibition Dates: September 7 – November 2, 2013
The MOCA GA 2012/2013 Working Artist Project selected by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
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About Jiha Moon
Jiha Moon (b. 1973 in DaeGu, Korea) lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. Jiha received a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City (2001/02); a MFA from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea (1999); and a BFA from Korea University in Seoul (1996). In her work Jiha merges the traditional techniques and materials of her native Korea, such as handmade hanji paper, with references to global art and culture. Reflecting her personal experiences of cultural translation and assimilation, Jiha creates kaleidoscopic compositions, layering imagery drawn from various cultures and periods. She has had several solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout the eastern United States and in Seoul, Korea. Jiha was also the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painter and Sculptor Award. Selected collections which include Jiha’s work: High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC;Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA; Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Asia Society and Museum, New York, NY; Neuberger Berman Art Collection, New York, NY; and UBS Collection, New York, NY.
About Foreign Love
Jiha Moon has been working in three areas for this exhibition: works on paper, ceramic sculptures, and Norigae(traditional Korean clothing accessories, example shown at right) as art objects. She notes that “throughout the entire exhibition, my subject deals with my interests of mixing multiple cultural references (eastern, western and beyond) and playing with the idea of shifting identities. For example, I often switch the colors of familiar objects to something you would not normally see, and I adopt many different styles of paint/line application.”