Meekyoung Shin: New Works, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, until 8th November
These works are created by Meekyoung Shin a Korean artist whose sculptures are inspired by 18th and 19th century Chinese Export Porcelain that was created especially for the huge demand from the West. She also re-interprets Classical and Renaissance sculpture as well.
What makes her works very special is that they are all created from soap – in up to 20 varnished layers.
Of the material Meekyoung Shin says “Soap is fragile and time-consuming. There’s never been a technique for making big sculptures with soap. I had to learn myself. It’s a similar density or texture to stone, but soap’s nature is opposite – ephemeral not permanent. And soap has a fragrance, which is an important aspect of my work. You have to be there to experience the smell, like travelling to new places.”
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