Kyungmi Shin: Father Crosses the Ocean

Kyungmi Shin:
Father Crosses the Ocean

Kyungmi Shin examines the impact of colonialism on cultural exchange through the lens of her family’s experience emigrating from South Korea to the United States. Through photocollages and porcelain sculptures including busts she made of herself and her father, a Christian minister, Shin explores the influence of Eastern philosophy on Western culture and spiritual teaching. She looks to the history of the Chinese porcelain trade that gave rise to chinoiserie ceramics, which combined European and Asian elements, as emblematic of a cultural hybridity that resulted from European colonialism.

Kyungmi Shin, Riding on that Carriage, 2020; archival Espon print, painted; 60 x 80 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
Kyungmi Shin: Father Crosses the Ocean (installation view), 2020-2021; Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA; Photo: ofstudio.
Kyungmi Shin: Father Crosses the Ocean (installation view), 2020-2021; Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA; Photo: ofstudio.
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