WHERE ARE THEY (SUPER HEROES)?
A couple of years ago whilst in the search for some inspiration, I happened across the work of Korean born artist Jiha Moon. I was immediately drawn into a state of enthrallment as I perused the Google Image search results and then even more excited when I discovered her website, with a complete back-catalogue of images.
Her work is colourful and exciting; combining elements of landscape, pop art and surrealism in mixed media works that modernise traditional Asian landscapes using saccharine-sweet colours and invented creatures. A combination of abstraction and representation, traditional and modern, the work of Jiha Moon is, put simply, incredible to behold.
Nahan’s Forty Winks
Moon is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia and regularly exhibits in both solo and group shows.
All photos from the official website of Jiha Moon.
It so often happens that I’ll spend so hours labouring over a painting and absolutely love it when it’s finished, only to become completely over it within a few weeks. Fickle is a brilliant word to describe this commonplace conundrum. The images in this post are of some of the few paintings that have escaped that fate.
This last image makes me pretty happy. Sleepy plush cloud over pointy mountains = bliss.
Hopefully I can find more images of my old paintings that I still like. I have a series of paintings hanging in my room that are my favourites but currently have no images of them available.
I am lucky enough to have found a pretty sweet studio space for minimal rent that is close to home. The space is one of 8 dedicated to emerging artists and recent graduates and while it’s relatively simple, I’m pretty happy to have found something that meets my needs and is affordable. It’s concrete floors and unfinished walls don’t give off a hugely creative vibe, but I’ve hung a huge satiny curtain over one concrete wall and cosied the place up with a rug on the floor. There are plans in my mind to cute-ify the space but at the moment it’s pretty good as is.
My mother’s brother, who dislikes being called my uncle is pretty cool. He constructed me a trolley with wheels and a glass top which is the ideal palette.
I’ve got a vintage chair in there and I even managed to score a good deal on a fridge. I can’t paint without hot drinks, and I can’t have hot drinks without cold milk. A beer or two in an artist’s studio never goes astray either.
Having been in the space now for around 2 months I can’t say I’ve been nearly as productive as I’d hoped, but I have no deadlines so I’m taking my time to make things that I actually like. No longer being held accountable by tutors for my work has given me freedom to paint whatever I like. So I painted some pandas. Why not?