Meekyoung Shin, ‘Translation – Vase Series’, 2006-ongoing, Korean Artist Project

About Meekyoung Shin

Meekyoung Shin, who trained in the classical tradition of European sculpture, is known for her ongoing “Translation” project, which explores the processes of translation and mutation—both literal and figurative—undergone by cultural objects that have been subjected to a change in location. Her “Translation Vases” (2009), for example, are soap facsimiles of Chinese originals created for the European market in the 16th through 20th centuries, painstakingly colored, carved, and painted and displayed on shipping crates. For Shin’s “Kouros” series (2009), she modeled archaic and classical sculptures in soap, preserving their cracks, missing limbs, and other defects.

Korean, b. 1967, based in London, United Kingdom

Solo Shows

2013
Sumarria Lunn Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
Archetype: Meekyoung Shin
2012
MOT/ARTS, 
Taipei, Taiwan,
In between Translation
2011
Haunch of Venison Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
Translation

Group Shows

2015
Milton Keynes Gallery, 
United Kingdom,
How to Construct a Time Machine