Pushing the Press

Jiha Moon

bio Jiha Moon is from DaeGu, Korea, and lives and works in Atlan- ta, Georgia. She received her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Her works have been acquired by the Asia Society, New York, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; the Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gar- den, Washington, DC; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greens- boro, North Carolina; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia. She has had solo exhibitions at the Mint; the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Ten- nessee; and Rhodes College’s Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee. She has been included in shows at the Atlanta Con- temporary Art Center; the Asia Society; the Drawing Center and White Columns, New York, New York; the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts; and the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Her midcareer survey exhibition, Double Welcome: Most everyone’s mad here , organized by Halsey Institute, is touring museum venues around the country until 2018.

artist’s statement Why do people love foreign stuff so much? 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 is a lot like tourism. As a foreigner living in the United States, I often think about what authenticity really means, and I think we often misunderstand it. My recent work on paper, sculpture, and prints 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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