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SHIN Meekyoung

 

 

Meekyoung Shin was born in 1967, South Korea. Shin received her B.A and M.F.A in Sculpture from the Seoul National University. She studied in the U.K in the mid-1990s, and lives and works in London and Seoul. Impacted by the blanks in cultural interpretation, Shin began to use translation as a creative clue and theme since 1997. She replicated classical western sculptures, oriental Buddhist statues and ceramics using soap. Although her work highly resembles the original objects, their materials are entirely different; the consumable quality of the soap contrasts with the solidity and immortality of their facsimiles. The nearly real sculptures alarm us, just as the semantic imperfections created due to the unavoidable cultural differences. Once the object is removed from its original context, does it still embody its former value and meaning? Later, in 2004, Shin began the Toilet Project, which is still ongoing, in which she places soap sculptures in public toilets to allow the visitors to use, to be collected and placed in exhibitions as her work. The everyday object quickly transforms into an art object through such scenario; its value and aesthetic quality have thus changed. Ghost Series effaces the texture on a vessel while maintaining its form, symbolizing the spiritual presence of an object even though its physical attributes may be absent.