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Jean Shin

Winter Workspace | January 2 - February 12, 2018

Pictured Above: Jean Shin in her Winter Workspace studio. Courtesy of Wave Hill. 

Jean Shin is an artist and educator whose work transforms everyday cast-offs into expressions of identity and community. Her projects intersect histories between nature, culture, the city, and constructed landscape.  Distinguished by a meticulous, labor-intensive process and public engagement, her work speaks to the optimism inherent in giving new form to life’s leftovers.

For Shin’s recent solo exhibition in collaboration with the Figge Art Museum and the Quad-City community in Iowa, she repurposed thousands of green plastic soda bottles that were transformed into artificial “cornstalk” sculptures by local volunteers, cumulating into an elaborate maze at the museum. The project titled MAiZE demonstrated the power of art making and community collaboration while also engaging visitors in a dialogue about plastic waste, food choices and environmental stewardship.

Shin continued on-going projects that speak to the importance of ecological preservation. The artist has done numerous public art projects including Elevated, a 2016 MTA Art and Design Commission, for the Second Ave Subway Station at 63rd Street in New York City.  Shin work can also be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an exhibition titled  Jean Shin: Collections, which is on view from March 24 - July 15, 2018

Jean Shin: MAiZE, 2017. Plastic soda bottles, adhesive and vinyl tubing, 28 x 80 x 6 feet. Photo credit: Joshua Ford



 Detail, Jean Shin: MAiZE, 2017 Photo credit: Joshua Ford


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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.