Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea. She recieved both her
BFA (Painting, 1994) and MS (Art History, 1996) from Pratt
Institute in Brooklyn.
In her work, Jean accumulates massive quantities
of commonly discarded objects and transforms them into new
forms that refer to the presence and the absence of the body.
She is attracted to certain found materials — like the
excess fabric from altered pants, a single sock left behind
in the laundromat, or stockings scarred with runs —
because they embody a certain history of dysfunction, rejection
and abandonment. Her work celebrates these imperfections as
a natural part of life.
With her chosen material, she undergoes a repetitive,
labor-intensive process that often involves sewing, tearing,
braiding or other intimate actions that reveal the hand at
work. Conceptually, her goal is to preserve the identity of
these everyday remnants, while bringing them into a new context
within her art.
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