Jiha Moon Is Hunter Invitational III Artist Of The Week

Monday, August 11, 2014
Jiha Moon (b. 1973), el sueño del viajero, 2014, ink and acrylic on Hanji, fabric, shoe laces, doily, tie dye fabric, 41 x 31 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Saltworks Gallery
Jiha Moon (b. 1973), el sueño del viajero, 2014, ink and acrylic on Hanji, fabric, shoe laces, doily, tie dye fabric, 41 x 31 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Saltworks Gallery

Jiha Moon is the Hunter Invitational III artist of the week. 

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Ms. Moon moved to the United States for her graduate studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, and has been living in Atlanta for the last decade. 

Ms. Moon references both her Korean heritage and American pop culture in intricate pieces which combine fabric, paper, paint and sewing. The artist has had exhibitions in museums and galleries around the United States and Korea, and her work is in the collections of the High Museum, Atlanta, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and several others.  

"Why do people love foreign stuff so much?" asked Ms. Moon.  "When we travel to other countries, explore different cultures, and meet with new people, we tend to fall in love with things that are not our own. People have a soft spot for foreign things. I feel that it is because we add our own experience and imagination to the unfamiliar, which can lead us to misunderstanding it. It's a lot like tourism. As a foreigner living in the States, I often think about what authenticity really means and I think we often misunderstand it. 

"My recent work on paper and ceramic sculptures explore the idea of something 'foreign.' What I make might appear foreign and exotic, or might look familiar and comforting, but you have to look carefully to understand what you're really experiencing. Ultimately, everyone except ourselves is foreign. Examining misunderstanding is part of the necessary process of understanding others. I want to share that experience." 

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