Jean Shin is an artist. Her magnificent work not only takes unusable material, transforming it into something wonderful, she has the most creative titles for her work that give a deeper meaning to the piece.
In her piece, Chemical Balance, Jean Shin uses empty prescription bottles, taken from numerous sources, and arranges her piece to show the kind of world we live in. Ms. Shin is telling us that our lives are frail and delicate, while our bodies depend on external sources to keep us in homeostasis.
Another piece by Ms. Shin, Key Promises, is a collection of keys from a computer keyboard arranged to form a poem. There are groups of keys repeating “Control”, “Pause/Break”, “Escape”, and others. Displayed in the gallery, these words show the gallery-goer to the other displays. But for we viewers behind a glowing screen, using the very keys she placed upon a wall, Ms. Shin’s work should make us ponder the gross amounts of time we spend at a computer.
The computers are controlling us, that we need to take a break and escape from this way of life.