Meekyoung Shin


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A full works list is available on request.

Initially trained in Korea in a classical tradition of European sculpture, Shin subsequently moved to London where she became drawn to processes of ‘translation’ undertaken by objects representing a particular culture which have been subject to a shift in location. In ‘Translation Vases’ Shin reproduces highly collectable porcelain – produced in China since the sixteenth century for consumption in the West – translating the form directly from the original. By rendering these precious objects in a seemingly fragile and transient material such as soap, Shin questions the authority and originality the original vases demand. Shin has also reworked classical Western sculpture where the figures have been exposed to the weathering of the elements, their disintegration mirroring that suffered over time by ancient sculpture created in seemingly more durable materials.

Meekyoung Shin (b.1967) is a graduate of Seoul National University and Slade School of Fine Art. Solo exhibitions include Archetype, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2013), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2013), Written in Soap; A Plinth Project, Cavendish Square, London (2012), MOT Gallery, Taipei (2012), Translation, Haunch of Venison, London (2011), Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2009), Lefebvre & Fils Gallery, Paris (2009), Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul (2008), Moon Jar, Korean Gallery, British Museum, London (2007), Tokyo Humanité Gallery, Tokyo (2002) and Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul (2002). Group shows include Glasstress, (collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennale), Venice (2013), Couriers of Taste, Danson House, Kent (2013), Toilet Works, various venues including IKON Gallery (Birmingham), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (all 2013), The Fabricated Object, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2012-13), Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery, London (2012), Synopticon-Contemporary Chinoiserie, Plymouth Museum/Saltram House (2012), Material Matter, East Wing X, Courtauld Institute, London (2012), As Small As a World and Large as Alone, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul (2012), Recasting the Gods, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2012), Material and Energy; Korean Eye, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2011), Poetry of Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco (2011), TRA: Edge of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2011), 38°N Snow South, Charlotte Lund Gallery, Stockholm (2011), Memories from the Past, LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2010), The Alchemists, Edel Assanti, London (2010), Art & Synesthesia, Seoul City Museum, Seoul (2009), Art n Play, Hangaram Mueum, Seoul (2008), Nanging Triennale, Nanging (2008), Meme Trackers, Song Zhuang Art Center, Beijing (2008), Particules Libres, nouvelle génération d’artistes Coréens en Europe, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2007), Telltale, Museum of Ewah University, Seoul (2005), Gwangju Biennale-Korea Express, Gwangju (2004), Chemical Art, Gallery Sagan, Seoul (2003), Alchemy, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul (2001) and Soft Outside/Solid Inside-Softness Crossing Over Solidness, POSCO Art Museum, Seoul (2001).