Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, in 1977 Moneyhun is a local papercut artist who has been living in Jacksonville Beach since 2004. With no formal art training, she has evolved a unique, homegrown artistic practice that responds specifically to the tradition of Kiri-e, or Japanese paper cutting, and combines it with the ultra-modern graphic language that is found in Japan today. Her work has been in over 30 exhibition, she has been featured in numerous publications both local and international, and she was the subject of one episode of a Japanese television show.
When creating her work, Moneyhun starts with a line drawing and then uses an X-Acto knife to cut the image out of black archival paper. She uses surgeon-like precision that results in an abstract piece of controlled chaos webbed together, all while maintaining the essence of traditional Japanese art. Although she has no formal training, Moneyhun has been drawing since childhood. She was inspired by Giro Takihira, a Japanese woodblock artist, and E-hon, a Japanese term for picture books.
In 2010, she became a primary caregiver for an ill family member. Having to juggle between intense caregiving and lengthy periods of downtime, Moneyhun used the time to practice art as stress relief. "Art has always been my special place, and there was never a time in my life more than the period I just described in which art truly came to my rescue," said Moneyhun in a CanvasRebel article in 2022. In 2012, she dedicated herself to the craft and her career has been thriving ever since.