Jean Shin has a knack for taking everyday objects and combining and manipulating them to create a life size sculpture. She amasses large collections of one particular object like records or pill bottles, sports trophies, silverware. She often sources these objects through donations by individuals.
In this art installation “Sound Wave” Records were melted and sculpted to form a cascading wave, dotted with bursts of colorful labels. The resulting structure speaks to the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete.
Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum (2013), DeCordova Museum (2012), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004).
She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Korea Arts Foundation of America, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Asian Cultural Council, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Her art works have been featured in many publications, including Frieze Art, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Artnews, and The New York Times.
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in America, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Shin is on staff at Pratt Institute Fine Arts Department. Shin resides and works as an artist in Brooklyn, New York.