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Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts Presents Light & Shadow: Contemporary Fiber Art by Hye Shin


September 19, 2015 - December 12, 2015

Born and raised in South Korea, the contemporary fiber artist Hye Shin is known for her large, richly textured wall hangings. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work can be found in galleries in throughout Florida and the nation. Shin has been teaching at Crealdé School of Art since 2002 and is the founder of the Focus on Fiber Art initiative. The Center is pleased to present Shin’s wall hangings, embroidery and large-scale sculpture as well as a site-specific installation during fall 2015.

Nature is a primary source of inspiration in Shin’s body of work; rather than conveying a literal representation of it, her abstract weavings and atmospheric installations are focused on expressing a sense of place, mood or feeling. “When I struggle with my life, I am drawn toward nature…that inspires me with a beautiful and poignant dialogue.” This dialogue results in the transformation of source material into condensed geometrical constructions.

The pieces created for this exhibition are characterized by the dichotomy of the natural world (light vs. shadow, sadness vs. joy, life vs. death and recovery). The artist believes these qualities are inherent to nature and critical to understanding and appreciating its beauty.

Shin’s artistic process is characterized by layered weaving and expressive surface design. She knits, sews, dyes, and manipulates contrasting materials including linen, horsehair, and paper in attempt to convey the balance that can be achieved through fiber art.

For more information visit: http://textiles.fit.edu/