Yellowave (black) 1

Media - 2021.50.2 - SAAM-2021.50.2_1 - 143016
Copied Jiha Moon, Yellowave (black) 1, 2020, black stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Alturas Foundation, 2021.50.2

Artwork Details

Yellowave (black) 1
overall_​1: 11 18 × 7 12 × 5 34 in. (28.3 × 19.1 × 14.6 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Alturas Foundation
Mediums Description
black stoneware
  • Abstract
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Artwork Description

Jiha Moon brings together inspiration from unexpected sources, like the stylized brushstrokes of Pop art painter Roy Lichtenstein, classical Korean calligraphy, Fu Dogs from traditional Chinese architecture, and even banana peels. “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds,” the artist explains. Here, presented in the universal shape of a vase, she nimbly combines all these elements to upend perceptions of time and place.



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This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. The exhibition highlights the role that artists play in our world to spark essential conversations, stories of resilience, and methods of activism—showing us a more relational and empathetic world. It centers more expansive definitions and acknowledgments of often-overlooked histories and contributions of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities.