This week we explore the Judge Realty permanent art collection and one of the newest pieces Moth #1 by paper cut artist Hiromi Moneyhun.
Moth #1 was included in the exhibition Story Line: Wiley, Howard and Moneyhun, the marquee visual art event of Westobou Festival held every year in Augusta, Georgia. Curated by Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, the exhibition explored social, mythical and cultural themes connected by the most foundational of artistic ideas – the line.
Moneyhun, originally from Kyoto, Japan, moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004, where she began to expand her craft. Using the tradition of Kiri-e, or Japanese paper cutting, Moneyhun exercises an exacting method to produce hand-cut paper works of astounding complexity and rich detail. Beginning with a line drawing, the artist uses a fine blade knife-wielded technique with a remarkably steady hand to carve the image out of black archival paper. The delicate works are then mounted away from the wall, creating textured patterns of light and shadow.
With no formal training, Moneyhun has developed a unique voice combining traditional Japanese visual art forms with the modernity. The most obvious reference is to Edo period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), which had a major influence on her early budding artist mind.
As with woodblock prints, Moneyhun’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multi-step process, which produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her pieces invite the viewer to reach out and touch the images. Like the works of all the great masters, Moneyhun’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person.
The Judge Realty Permanent Collection started in early 2014. Built to showcase a private collection that is open to the public, the pieces are on rotation for guests and passerbyers to enjoy. They are very pleased to add Moneyhun’s Moth #1 to their collection. Presently, with over 30 pieces of art, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.