Jiha Moon Creates Limited Edition Hand-Painted Porcelain Cups Exclusively for the Mennello Museum

Orlando, FL — June 21, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is proud to announce our first-time production of a limited edition made in partnership with multi-media Korean-American artist, Jiha Moon. At our invitation, Moon has created 20 small ceramic sculptures exclusively for the Mennello Museum of American Art. Her hand-painted porcelain vessel will make a beautiful and memorable addition to your collection. Get your beautiful cup while you can, there are only 20 signed in this exclusive collection!

Incorporating her signature blue and white in reference to traditional Asian ceramic glazes, Dutch Delftware, and Blue Willow china patterns, Moon also brings several of her iconic cultural images: the peach, identified in Chinese Mythology as a symbol of immortality, while also paying homage to her adopted state of Georgia, whose signature fruit is the peach. She includes the fortune cookie, which originated in California but is identified as Chinese, along with her ‘all-seeing’ eyes to create a distinctive face or, as she puts forth, a mask.

Jiha Moon,  Fortune Cookie Mayumyi, 2018, porcelain, underglaze and glaze, 5 x 4 x 5 inches, hand painted signed edition of 20 created exclusively for the Mennello Museum of American Art.  Edition cost $250.

Delivery not included. Pick up at the Mennello Museum beginning on June 29, 2018, at the Opening Reception.

In addition to Fortune Cookie Mayumyi, the museum also announces the fabrication of Jiha Moon, Peach (Pillow)based on her iconic painting, Peach Mask II, included in the exhibition.  Filled with wonderful icons, cultural signifiers, flora and fauna and wondrous beasts all with a message of love – these pillows will brighten any home with joy and humor, reflective of Moon’s distinctive art-making practice.

“The voluptuous peach with its rosy bloom, believed to be native to China, can be likened in forms to breasts, buttocks, and a heart — and, surprisingly, the shape of Angry Birds.  A symbol of immortality and fertility in many Eastern mythologies, the peach also wards off evil.  Moon uses the shape often, and a nod to her home state of Georgia, known as the peach state.” states Lilly Wei in her essay “Moonstruck in Wonderland” in the exhibition catalog, also available for purchase.

These pillows are available at the museum for $50, while quantities last!  They are an edition of 30.

Please check out this video of Moon talking about her fascination with the peach and what it means to her:

The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to present the work of multi-media Korean-American artist Jiha Moon in an upcoming solo exhibition, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here. The exhibition will be on view from June 22 through August 12, 2018, with an Artist Talk and Opening Reception on June 29.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi‐faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over 50 works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions that appear simultaneously familiar and foreign.

“I am delighted to welcome Jiha Moon and share her wonderful work with Orlando.” States Shannon Fitzgerald, Executive Director.  She continues: “Jiha brings whimsy, fabulous energy, fantasy and joy to painting, printmaking, sculpture, andinstallation that awe and inspire.  Her image density and color-saturated work weave often incongruousnarratives about culture and identity to address stereotypes and assumptions through her ‘mad’ use of metaphor and symbolism. Jiha’s ‘Wonderland’ is truly something to wonder!”

Moon’s witty and ironic work explores how Westerners perceive other cultures and how perceived foreigners see the West. Korean born, now living in the United States, Moon asks the pertinent question, “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. The world is so interconnected nowadays, how can you even tell where someone or something ‘comes from’ anymore?” In her work, Moon acts in the role of a traveler, and explores the notion that identity is not beholden to geographic location.

This exhibition is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art in collaboration with the Halsey Institute and curated by Amy G. Moorefield, former Deputy Director of Exhibition and Collections at the Taubman Museum of Art, and Mark Sloan,Director and Chief Curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art with special assistance from Andrea Pollan, Curator’s Office, Washington, D.C.; Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, New York.


Born and raised in Daegu, Korea, Jiha Moon lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Asia Society, New York City, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; and the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at notable museums nationwide including at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee; and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been the recipient of several residencies including Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, New York; the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire. In 2011, Moon was the recipient of a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painter and Sculpture grant. She is represented by Curator’s Office in Washington, D.C., Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami.

Please savethe date for the opening reception of Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here.

Preview & Opening Reception
Friday, June 29, 2018

Gallery Talk with Jiha Moon
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Opening Reception
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free for members | $10 for Guests
Tickets » http://www.bit.ly/jihamoon

First Friday Tour
July 6, August 3
11 – 11:45 am

Free tour with the Executive Director or Associate Curator of Education with regular paid admission or Mennello Museum Membership

Free Family Funday
July 8, August 12
12 – 2:30 pm

Hi-res images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f9pxsavmovguhdm/AAAun2zgiZkkPn2BnZrrXzwia?dl=0


Jiha Moon,  Fortune Cookie Mayumyi, 2018, porcelain, underglaze and glaze, 5 x 4 x 5 inches, hand painted signed edition of 20 created exclusively for the Mennello Museum of American Art.  Edition cost $250.

Jiha Moon,  Fortune Cookie Mayumyi, 2018, porcelain, underglaze and glaze, 5 x 4 x 5 inches, hand painted signed edition of 20 created exclusively for the Mennello Museum of American Art.  Edition cost $250.

Jiha Moon, Peach (Pillow). Courtesy of the Mennello Museum of American Art.

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On view beginning June 22, 2018, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here

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