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Cascade Crinoline

Close up of Cascade Crinoline

Abstract painting features translucent, wave-like turquoise, aquamarine, and fuchsia washes mingled with red lines and hard-edged, matte-pink sinuous shapes bounded by blue and green scales. Other details resolve into a human hand, tree-sprigged mountains, and craggy branches.

Jiha Moon, Cascade Crinoline, 2008; Ink and acrylic on hanji paper, 41 x 59 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of the Georgia State Committee of NMWA; © Jiha Moon; Photo by Lee Stalsworth

Cascade Crinoline
Jiha Moon

With its blue-green tonality and range of landscape motifs, Cascade Crinoline is among Jiha Moon’s most direct references to classical Asian painting. Yet the bright pink and red ribbon forms she added to the lower section of the work reflect her interest in animation and cartoons. The precisely drawn hand near the center of the composition demonstrates her passion for European Renaissance-era figure studies.

Noting that we live in a “mixed cultural world,” Jiha Moon addresses conventional oppositions—east/west, representational/abstract, historical/contemporary. She wants to explore ways that these traditional systems may be transcended.

Moon’s painting process involves both chance and precision handwork. To create Cascade Crinoline and other paintings from the late 2000s, Moon applied loose daubs of acrylic paint to hanji paper (handmade Korean mulberry paper). Next, she determined what those abstract shapes suggested to her—not unlike a Rorschach test. She then built up representational shapes using her thinnest paint brushes. In this work, she added lines around washes of color to evoke mountain ranges and rushing water, tree branches and cresting waves.

By combining disparate elements in her compositions, Moon achieves a dynamic effect. Shapes dissolve and re-form as our eyes move across the painting, and our minds must process and filter the myriad associations we have for each element.

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Jiha Moon
  • Title

    Cascade Crinoline
  • Date

  • Medium

    Acrylic paint, Hanji paper, Ink
  • Dimensions

    41 x 59 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Gift of the Georgia State Committee of NMWA
  • Photo Credit

    © Jiha Moon; Photo by Lee Stalsworth
  • On Display