Opening Reception: Friday, October 14 from 6-9pm at the WNY Book Arts Center
Books and Ritual features works by Korean printmaker, book artist, and installation artist Hyeyoung Shin. The exhibit will feature recent works including artist’s books, paper sculpture, drawings, and prints. Through her work, Shin desires to create a structural and ambiguous space through which the viewer is encouraged to recall and create memories in the space of her art. Shin uses the forms of books and paper due to their ability to hold and share experiences and memories, with the ultimate goal of creating a human relationship between the artist and the viewer. The themes of bottles and fish are recurring throughout her work; the bottle, according to Shin, represents the body, and the fish act as a metaphor for the chaotic yet graceful way in which emotions and memories shift and change. The works featured in the exhibit will showcase Shin’s careful attention to detail and process, as well as the wide range and depth of her work as a book artist and printmaker.
Hyeyoung Shin received two BFAs from universities in Korea and an MFA from the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her work has been exhibited around the US and internationally, and her prints and artist’s books prints and artist’s books are in the Special Collections at University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, IA, Print Archive, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, The Permanent Special Collection at Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana StateUniversity, Baton Rouge, LA, Denver University, Denver, CO, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR; Southern Graphic Council Archives; Colombia College’s Permanent Collection of Book Arts, Chicago, IL; The University of Akron’s Archive, OH.