Jiha Moon’s paintings navigate the complexities of cultural identity using symbolic icons from folklore, fine art, textiles, advertising, and even candy wrappers. Her work highlights the tensions between the novel and familiar, east and west, as well as the historical and the contemporary. Born and raised in South Korea, the cultural traditions and folklore from her upbringing still reside in her work as well as cultural icons that she has since encountered in the United States. She moved to the U.S in 1999, earning an MFA from the University of Iowa in 2002. For over 10 years, she has been living and making artwork out of Atlanta, Georgia. Consequently, she has become familiar with the cultural unfamiliar which is readily present in her work. Recognizable images emerge from otherwise singular landscapes, providing a beautiful yet uncanny visual journey.
Jiha moved to the United States in 1999 from South Korea. She returns every year and collects a years worth of Hanji, handmade Korean Mulberry paper which she uses for her 2D works on paper.