Above: Yun Shin’s subtle works on paper are created with repeated tracings of shapes, employing carbon paper, pin points, or oil paint stains.
The meticulous work of a South Korean artist who teaches at Northwestern College in Orange City will be featured in a solo exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center. “Iowa Artists 2017: Yun Shin” opens Aug. 25 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., with remarks by the artist at 6 p.m. The Art Center recommends making a reservation to attend the opening; you can do that here.
Yun Shin’s subtle works on paper are created using repeated tracings of the same shapes, employing carbon paper, pin points or oil paint stains. The simple grid-like forms and monotone colors lend the work a sense of minimalism, but the personal nature of her patterns—created by repeatedly copying the calligraphy of her father’s signature or patterns of her mother’s knit work—infuse the drawings with a personal tone amplified by the time-consuming nature of her process.
“Through recreating the objects based on my own personal interpretation, I start to understand the intense process of working alone in contemplation,” she says. “The more I personalize my family’s possessions, the more I am able to see myself in them.”
The exhibit continues through Dec. 3.