Artist of the Day…Jean Shin

“This large-scale fabric mural is composed of military uniforms donated from American soldiers. The deconstructed uniforms bring together a community of soldiers and veterans that have served in various wars, from WWII and Korea to Vietnam and Iraq. The different types of camouflage reflect the varied landscapes in which American troops historically have fought, such as the jungle and the desert. Pasted flat like wallpaper, the installation of camouflaged uniforms questions the notion of the US military’s visibility.”

I’m totally excited to share installation artist, Jean Shin with you guys. Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea and is now living and working in NYC. Her works are not only social commentary pieces, but are also usually interactive. Shin collects the materials for her installations from what every subjects she’s centering a specific piece around, and this fact helps contribute to the overall inclusive nature of her work.

“Chemical Balance”
“To create this work, thousands of empty prescription pill bottles were collected from nursing homes, pharmacies and individuals’ medicine cabinets. Like stalactites and stalagmites, the constructions hang down from above and grow upwards from the floor below. Chemical Balance speaks to our culture’s over-consumption of prescription drugs and our bodies’ dependency on these medications. The piece acts like a group portrait, mapping our society’s chemical intake. The illuminated structures radiate with an intense orange glow, suggesting that issues of health reach far beyond the physical.”


“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. The piece also aims to physically manifest the ephemerality of music as well as one man’s musical tastes, as represented by his personal record collection.”

I would love to attend one of her exhibits one day. Each piece is so well thought out! There were so many pieces I wanted to feature, but it would’ve been too much, so please check out her site. It is beyond interesting!


About missheree

Greetings! I am Sheree, a fashion and costume designer from Miami, FL and Minneapolis, MN respectively. While fabric is my personal medium of choice, I find inspiration is all areas of art and this blog is a representation of that. From fashion to illustration to graphic design to architecture, Sparkleshock is here to do just that - add sparkle to your mind and shock your senses.

Posted on January 25, 2010, in Artists on My Radar and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i like that mural.
    but this is all impressive work

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