Jiha Moon (Korean, b. 1973) is known for harvesting elements from cultures worldwide to explore the multifaceted nature of global identity. Incorporating pop culture, technology, racial assumptions, and folklore, she not only blurs but erases the lines between Western and Eastern iconography. Moon uses smart-phone emojis, social media logos, characters from online games — all floating alongside Asian tigers, dragons, and gods to unite the familiar and the foreign. More than 50 works on paper and ceramics combine materials and metaphors, bringing cultures together to clash, crash, muddle, and meld.
This exhibition is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia in collaboration with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. The exhibition is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art and Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.