London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin (b. 1967) is internationally renowned for her sculptures that probe the mis- and re-translations which often emerge when objects of distinct cultural and historical specificity are dislocated from their origins. Made from soap, her work replicates artefacts and works of art, from Asian porcelain vases to Greek and Roman sculptures, translating between continents, cultures and centuries in the process.
Shin is recognised for her iconic Translation Series (2002-onging) and Toilet Series (2004-onging), installations of usable soap sculptures in public bathrooms, which are subsequently exhibited in the gallery context in their eroded form.
Meekyoung Shin was born in South Korea and completed her BFA and MFA at Seoul National University. In 1995, she moved to London to obtain her MFA at the Slade School of Art, University College London, and was nominated for the Korean Artist Prize 2013. Shin has held solo exhibitions internationally including National Centre for Craft and Design (2014) Haunch of Venison, London (2010) and the Korean Cultural Centre UK, London (2013) and now here at The National Centre for Craft and Design. She has participated in numerous group shows including the Museum of Art and Design, New York, and the 2013 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan. Her works are found in collections all over the world, including the British Art Council, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the National Museum Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.