Jean Shin working with Master Printer
James Miller, fall 2004.
the past several years, Shin has been creating works in which
she takes a shirt or a dress and deconstructs it by cutting
away the fabric and leaving behind a continuous linear band
around the stitch. The remaining seam structures create an
abstract linear drawing in space, relating to the body's skeletal
structure, proportion and gestures.
Shin's Seam works have existed in many scales from a single article of clothing
to a larger collection of clothes that suggest a clothesline. The installation
become a way to survey through their clothes
the identity of institutions like MoMA, Cornell University and the US military
Of her print project with the Lower East Side Printshop, Shin says: "I wanted
to continue this investigation in the medium of print. Here I have taken my own
blouse, pair of jeans and coat and deconstructed them. By gluing the piece onto
plates that are inked, we literally put the clothes through the press. I wanted
to reference the notion of pressing clothes in the laundry or dry cleaning process.
Together these collagraphs become a self portrait."