KOREAN CONTEMPORARY ART ARTIST GALLERY SHOW
February sees the the first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom of Korean artist Meekyoung Shin. Held at London’s Haunch of Venison, the exhibition showcases a mixture of sculptural pieces and installations from the artist’s ongoing body of work, “Translation”, all crafted from soap.
The artist, who has trained in both Korea and London, at Seoul National University and the Slade School of Fine Art respectively, explores the sculptural traditions of the two cultural influences that have shaped her career: the East and the West. She draws inspiration from classical European sculpture and sixteenth century Chinese export porcelain, the forms of which she translates into the medium of soap.
The delicate floral aroma that fills the gallery space confirms that the work is created from soap and the artist challenges the sculptural qualities of this material, producing highly refined works that are at first glance seemingly identical to the originals.
Shin is highly praised in a review in Crafts Magazine, which commends her work “ for its sheer technical virtuosity.”
From a distance these elaborately decorated vases could be mistaken for the originals. But what makes them so extraordinary is the fact that they’re actually made out of soap. The idea is to question the value and authority of the originals by re-working them in a humble domestic material.
Below is a view of some of the works on display:
“Translation” will be on shown at Haunch of Venison in London until 2 April 2011.
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