Jean Shin
Korean-American, born 1971
Selected exhibitions
Jean Shin: Surface Tension,
Cristin Tierney
Tracks, Symptoms, and Designations,
Cristin Tierney
The Architectural Impulse,
Cristin Tierney

Old clothing, losing lottery tickets, and mangled umbrellas are among the materials that Jean Shin crafts into intricate, poetic, and often improbable installations and sculptures. For Shin, cast-offs hold remnants of their former use: “I seek to recall an object’s past, as well as suggest its greater connection to our collective memories, desires, and failures,” she says. In Chemical Balance (2005-09) she constructed illuminated stalactite- and stalagmite-like sculptures out of thousands of empty prescription bottles, a commentary on the rampant consumption of medications.