“When will you be done installing?”
Over the past two days I’ve heard this question from several staff and visitors who have encountered a spread of crates and precariously placed ceramics outside the doors of the Korean galleries.
The answer: We’re done!
And a clarification: That’s not clay!
Meekyoung Shin’s Translation Series plays with many things: material, process, place. Those elegant vases are made of humble soap. Perched on their travel crates, they look to me like they have just arrived at the museum— or alternatively are just leaving.
Soap sculpture is new to museum exhibition staff. In planning the installation, our team has had deep discussion about burning questions such as how does one secure soap in the case of an earthquake, and will it melt under the lights?
Meekyoung Shin will be featured as an AsiaAlive artist in September, in conjunction with the exhibition Poetry in Clay: Korean Ceramics from the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art. You can enjoy her Translation Series, along with several other contemporary Korean works that reference ceramic traditions in the museum’s Korean galleries and on the west end of the Loggia.
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