Meekyoung Shin is known for her painstaking replicas of antique Chinese vases, featuring hand-painted warriors and ornately scaled dragons that curl across brilliantly coloured bowls made from soap. Trained in the classical tradition of European sculpture, Shin explores the process of translation and mutation- both literal and figurative- undergone by cultural objects that have been subjected to a change in location.
Translation Vases, Meekyoung Shin’s acclaimed long term project which she has exhibited internationally in London, Seoul, Paris, Tokyo, Korea and Taipei. Solo exhibitions include; In the Shadow of Time, Art'Loft, Leebauwens Gallery, Brussels, 2020; Weather, Barakat, London, UK (2019); The Abyss of Time, Arko Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea (2019); Ancient Future, Wooyang Museum of Art, Gyeonju, South Korea (2018). The artist has also participated in numerous group shows including Craved Whispers [새겨진 속삭임], 10th Yeosu International Art Festival, South Korea, (2020); Inspiration - Contemporary Art & Classics, ATENEUM Finnish National Gallery, Finland (2020) ; Inspiration - Iconic Works, National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden (2020); Between creativity and daydream, The State Hermitage Museum, Russia (2020); King Sejong and Music Chiwhapyeong Presidential Archives, Sejong Cultural Foundation, South Korea (2019); START - Roland Mouret, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K. (2019); Pick Me, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Ansan, South Korea, (2019); Synopticon-Contemporary Chinoiserie, Plymouth Museum, Devon (2012); NyLon, Korean Culture Centre, London/New York (2011); Korean Eye, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2011); Poetry of in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco (2011); Art to Wear, Plateau Museum, Seoul (2011); TRA: Edge of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2011); Fantastic Ordinary, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); The Alchemists, Edel Assanti Project Space, London (2010); Art Basel, Basel (2009); Armory Show, New York (2009); and Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami (2008). The artists special exhibitions include Translation, Korean Ambassador’s Residency, London (2011); Translation, Korean Gallery, British Museum, London (2007); and a performance at the British Museum to accompany A Free State- Decibel/Arts Council Conference.