Opening reception on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Hye Shin is a fiber artist who creates wall pieces, free standing sculptures and installations. Hemp, cheesecloth and yarn are juxtaposed with wire, twigs and found objects. A wall piece, ‘The Beginning’ is made from horse-hair, cast off trinkets of crystal rhinestone and digitally printed silk. The innovative and improvisational use of materials accounts in large part for the evocative power of the work. Forms are abstract and referential. Shin tells stories about nature, our bodies, life and death and change and renewal. The work is reflective and moody. Titles like ‘Morning Rain’, ‘Floating Over the Sea’ attest to the artist’s kinship with the natural world.
In the current exhibition ‘Embrace The Hope’, an installation unfolds from a ceiling hung with Korean medicine bags. From these spill long crimson arteriole threads that form schemas of concentric circles as they meet with the ground. Large open wire structures move in random arrangement across the floor. They resemble seed pods or wombs. Each encompasses an organic form, also red; a nucleus or spore. Meanings are multiple. One wonders: Is this the site of a ritual? A metamorphosis? Is it about birth? Death? The answer is yes. It is about all of these and more.
Hye Shin fashions solitary objects beautiful in themselves and constructs environments that are sensually charged and transformative. Viewers are able to become physically engaged within an arena that explores timeless and universal themes of human experience.
Jackie Otto Miller
Hye Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1969. She received a BFA in Fiber Arts in 1992 from the School of Fine Art at Ewha Women’s University in Korea as well as an MFA in 1994. In 1998 Shin earned another MFA in Textiles from the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana. In 1999 and 2000 the artist attended an artist-in-residency program at Worcester Center for Craft in Worcester, Massachusetts. Since 2003 Shin has been teaching at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park. She was awarded Professional Development Grants for Established Artists by United Arts of Central Florida in 2007, 2010 and 2013 and recently completed an Art in Public Buildings Project for the Digital Scholarship Lab at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Shin’s first solo exhibition was in 2004 at ARC Gallery in Chicago. Since then she has had numerous group and solo shows around the USA as well as South Korea.
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