McPherson’s fiber artist, Shin-hee Chin, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Red Barn Studio Museum, 212 South Main, from Friday, December 14 through Thursday, January 31st. She says, “My work reflects the binary approach – East vs. West, female vs. male, art vs. craft, yin vs. yang, faith vs. (secular) world, figurative vs. nonfigurative, abstract vs. concrete, idea vs. form, etc.
All those paradoxes inhabit the same space, just as Asia and America co-exist in me.” While at the Red Barn Studio, “I would like to explore a series of mixed media collage based on Scriptures, especially Ecclesiastes. Through reflections upon life, the writer of Ecclesiastes reveals multiple layers of human existence, characterized by the cycle of rebirth and death. Despite his observations of the incongruities of human experience, I feel that he affirms the ultimate meaning of human life…I see hand sewing as a process of joining two elements without sacrificing the integrity of each individual element, precluding any hierarchy. Through these pieces, I attempt to translate the experiences of humans in a way that people of different ethnic backgrounds and cultural experiences can understand and empathize with.
The primary goal of the proposed project is to produce a body of work using what I call Abstract Media, a method incorporating collage. This project sets out to explore the potential of cultural hybridization to integrate the media and techniques of both traditional Asian and American cultures into new ways of art making.”
You can find Shin-hee Chin at www.shinheechin.com
The Red Barn Studio is open Tues-Fri, 10AM-5PM, Sat and Sun 1 PM – 5 PM and by appt.