Washington, DC

Jiha Moon

Curator's Office

Jiha Moon’s lyrical ink-and-acrylic paintings are, at their best, remarkable balancing acts that choreograph a maelstrom of lines and shapes to conjure imagery that is both familiar and alien, abject and beautiful. Superficially, the Korean-born artist’s work usually recalls classical Asian landscapes, and she reveals that the current series, “Line Tripping,” which is saturated in rich blues and greens, was inspired by Chinese painting of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907). Moon’s landscapes, however, are purely notational and have a transitory feeling that reflects the artist’s own experience of East-West travel. The breadth of her visual language is complex, embracing Dada, Surrealism, fifteenth-century Netherlandish painting, and 1950s abstraction.

Each painting here is based around a broad, liquid flourish of acrylic on, in most cases, Hanji, or handmade Korean mulberry paper, which has

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