Meekyoung Shin

Meekyoung Shin, Toilet Project. Courtesy the artist. Photo Jim Varney Image 1 of 2
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Meekyoung Shin, Toilet Project. Courtesy the artist. Photo Jim Varney Image 2 of 2
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01.08.13 - 01.10.13
YSP Centre
Meekyoung Shin (b. 1967 in South Korea) lives and works in Seoul and London. She completed her BFA and MFA at Seoul National University and moved to London in 1995 to obtain her MFA at Slade School of Art. Shin has exhibited internationally and is renowned for recreating replica versions of antiquities in household soap.

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Initially trained in Korea in a classical tradition of European sculpture, Shin subsequently moved to London where she became drawn to the many objects removed from their place of origin and placed in vitrines and on plinths in museums and other art institutions to act as representatives of other cultures.

She began to make copies of the artifacts in soap, an everyday material that has a close resemblance to marble when moulded but disintegrates as it weathers rapidly, mirroring the effects over generations of time on the original and ancient sculptures created in seemingly more durable materials.

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Shame I missed this exhibition. One of my favourite artists.
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