A public garden & cultural center

Jean Shin

Winter Workspace 2018

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

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 “corn stalk” 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 will be initiating new site-specific works inspired by Wave Hill’s setting as well as continuing 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. 


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

Jean Shin will be present for Drop-In Studio on Sunday, January 28 from 1-3PM.

Learn more about the artist here

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 

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