Stepping Stones (Pots and Pans), 2007
On View: June - November 2008
Jean Shin is an internationally recognized artist who works with multiples of objects to transform the everyday into decadent interpretations of identity and community. She uses materials that range from prescription pill bottles to sweaters, and often obtains them as second-hand objects from local folks in participating communities. These objects transform into her media and become complex, conceptual and beautifully intricate works of sculpture. Her work is distinguished by her labor-intensive process, and these breathtaking installations seem to capture the essence of communal and societal issues that everyone faces in their day to day life.
For Stepping Stones, hundreds of pots, pans and lids are filled with cement and anchored to the ground with metal spikes, which extracts and places these materials of domestic life into an entirely new setting. These objects are incredibly durable and instead of being subjected to high heat of the kitchen, become active acoustic objects to the environment and those passing through.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona,, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, and Projects at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Shin has received numerous awards and has been featured in a multitude of publications world-wide. She lives and works in New York City.
Stepping Stones (Pots and Pans)