Intimate objects, monumental storiesContemporary artist Jean Shin (American, born South Korea 1971) transforms everyday objects—worn-out shoes, fashion remnants, military uniforms—to create dynamic works about connection and belonging. Her installations, often made from donated and discarded materials, raise provocative questions about what, and how, we consume. On view in this exhibition are six large-scale installations and a video that tell powerful stories about the military, the fashion industry, and Shin’s own Asian American community.
Watch: Time-Lapse Video of Jean Shin’s UnravelingIn this short time-lapse video, see how Jean Shin’s site-specific work Unraveling transformed three white gallery walls into a colorful installation over the course of seven days. Learn more about this project >> Artwork courtesy of the artist. Video produced by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018
Artist Jean Shin. Photo by Daniel Terna
About the ArtistBorn in South Korea and raised in the United States, Jean Shin currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her works have been shown at more than 150 museums and cultural institutions, including in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. In 2016 she completed a landmark commission, Elevated, for New York City’s Second Avenue subway.
Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute, where she is a tenured adjunct professor of fine art. Learn more about the artist on her website.