Primal Perspectives(Agora Gallery. 2005.08.10)
An orgy of color, fervent bursts of layered paint grace Hye Ja Moon’s abstract expressionistic canvases. Aligned with the intense moods of improvisational jazz that inspire her spiritually,Moon’s work is an emotional trek through fantasy worlds of shapes and contours. This is an alternate universe of passion, joy, fear, and mysticism born of the recesses of the unconscious. Fire, exploding suns and tornadoes of color fill this seascape of morphing space. Shapes are born and replicate themselves, hungry for life. Moon feels rhythmically led to the twisted forms and vibrant colors in her drawings, a spiritual shamanism that recalls traditional Korean exorcisms. She explains, “Imagining pieces of cloth dizzily twined in space, my spirit falls into a maze, and the pieces are expressed into the rhythmical forms.” Moon studied painting, with a focus on abstraction, with Edie Read at the Massachusetts Art College.
Her paintings have been exhibited widely in Korea, the United States and Canada, and most recently at Gallery Fusion and the Sun and Moon Gallery in Korea, the 6th International Art Fair Zurich at Congresshaus Zurich, and the China International Gallery Exposition at the Beijing Word Trade Center. Her burning landscapes are brutal, joyous slices of passion personified.
Douglas Singleton ( a Critic, New York)