Daegu, South Korea, b. 1973
Resides in Atlanta, GA
Jiha Moon was born in DaeGu, Korea. Her gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify, yet stay in a familiar zone.
Moon received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Her works have been acquired by numerous museums including High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. She is recipient of prestigious Joan Mitchell foundation’s painter and sculptor’s award for 2011. Her mid-career survey exhibition, “Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here” organized by Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and Taubman Museum toured more than 10 museum venues around the country until 2018.