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Grafted Settings, 2015

Nickel plated flatware
Tree: 87 in h x 42 in w x 43 in d
Sapling: 47 in h x 31 in w x 21 in d
Installation at Mark Moore Gallery, LA, Jean Shin: Domesticated Landscapes


Grafted Settings investigates the history and cultural connotations of flatware. The practical, utilitarian function of the utensil serves as a cross-cultural common ground facilitating the basic human need for sustenance. Yet historically, flatware has become loaded with divisive cultural significance, evoking associations embedded with class, etiquette, and privilege. In combination, the tree and flatware suggest a harmonious coexistence of culture and nature, while softly referencing their mutual fragility. The imagery of the tree refers to the suburban landscape: a source of pleasure and reassurance, but also, in recent years especially, of anxiety, reminding us of our fragile existence in the face of pressing ecological issues and economic challenges.

 

Jean Shin: Grafted Settings

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