Shinea Moon: Memories of a Space Fairy

Shinea Moon, The Blue Vibration, 26 x 24 inches, acrylic and aqua-oil on raw canvas. Image courtesy the artist


Shinea Moon: Memories of a Space Fairy

August 31 - October 2, 2022

THE COMMONS GALLERY, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Commons Gallery is proud to present Shinea Moon: Memories of a Space Fairy. In the tradition of mystical painters including Hilma af Klint and Agnes Pelton, Moon paints to explore the colors and shapes that exist alongside but separate from lived experiences and landscapes; she paints visions, dreamscapes and shamanic journeys. Her technique of stain painting, or painting on raw untreated canvas, can be associated with the work of Helen Frankenthaler and Morris Louis. This is Moon’s first solo show under the name Shinea Moon; Moon previously exhibited under the name Yuh-Shioh Wong.

Moon writes, “I transform energy through the things I create, and these objects transform the energy of the viewer and the spaces they inhabit. They are celestial music and communicate my inherent understanding of the fabric of life, the structure of things and how everything is interconnected. They are meditations. From the rocks, animals, trees, mist, water, ocean, everything expands and collects together into the collective unconscious and unified field we all inhabit. These are my visions, experiences, what I see in parallel universes and realities, and my intention is to bring them to the third dimension for Earth to embody and inhabit and experience to make it a better place.”

Artist Bio

Shinea Moon (b. Taipei, Taiwan, 1977) attended MIT (1995-96) and Harvard University (1996-1999), where she graduated with a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies, and holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College (2003). She has had numerous solo shows including at Night Gallery, LA; The Locker Plant at The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX; Emma Gray HQ, Santa Monica; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, SF; Thomas Erben Gallery, NY; and Foxy Production, NY. Group shows include Gavin Brown’s Enterprise at Passerby, NY. Her work has been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art and The New York Times. Her residencies include The Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX), Skowhegan School of Painting (Skowhegan, Maine) and Listhus, Olafsfjordur, Iceland. Her work is in the collection of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, California, among others. She has taught painting at UCLA and The Dalton School, NYC. She is also trained in Reiki, Shamanic Dreamwork, Akashic Records Facilitation, and Moving Stillness Meditation. She lives and works in Honolulu, HI.


This exhibition was curated by Maika Pollack, Director and Chief Curator, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries with Olivia Ambo, Graduate Assistant, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries and the students of the ART 360 seminar at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


This exhibition is made possible by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts, Languages & Letters; supported by the Halekulani Hotel– Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; the Cooke Foundation; and anonymous donors. 

THE COMMONS GALLERY is located in the ground floor of The Art Building. From Dole Street, take East-West Road to Correa Road, and then turn left for the Art Building.

Hours & Admission
The Commons Gallery at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is open 24/7 through the gallery windows. We will be staffing the gallery as staff allows, and hours are noon – 4 pm, Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, school breaks, and state holidays.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking is free on Sundays. Parking fees may apply during weekdays.

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