Jean Shin
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Hide, 2004

Cut leather and suede shoes, thread and shoelaces

13 units: Overall dimensions variable

Installation at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York

Installation at Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas

Hide is an installation comprised of hundreds of worn leather shoes that have been laboriously deconstructed, paired and then stitched together to form 13 hanging sheets of rich, undulating color. Flattened and detached from their soles, the shoes have been divorced from their function and reduced to their material essence. With its wide range of color, detail, and design, the collection of leather “bodies” alludes to its materials’ origins as tanned animal hide.

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