(photo detail from If only it were possible to hold all the torn hearts, 2005, Marla McLean)
I went today to see the work of Jean Shin who masterfully used everyday objects to create her installations and sculptures.
Here’s a photo of Everyday Monuments
“Everyday Monuments celebrates the unsung heroes of our society whose everyday labors go unrecognized. Washington-area residents donated nearly two thousand trophies to Shin who then transformed each figure’s sports pose into the unsensational, yet distinctive gestures of day-to-day work. The altered trophies are arranged on a long rectangular platform that recalls an aerial view of the National Mall. Collectively, the shimmering gold figures create a dynamic topography of people typing, hammering, pushing a stroller, holding a tray, etc. Life-size photographic composites of the figures are projected onto the gallery wall inviting the viewer to become one in the crowd.”
As an artist and teacher who believes in having conversations with found objects, I was moved by her conversation.
I have also been moved by young children I work with, who many view to have limited language, to hold dialogues with one another through and with found objects. When materials speak and someone dares to reply through visual representation, it is poetry.
SWS Kindergarten “Manhole” and “Trash Girl” 2009