Jean Shin
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Lost and Found (Single Socks), 2000

Socks, zippers and dryer lint

Dimensions variable

Installation at University Art Gallery, Stony Brook, NY, 2001

Installation at Asian American Arts Centre, New York, 2000

With Lost and Found, the artist has united lost and forgotten socks typically found in public laundromats. Socks of similar colors and styles are sewn and zippered together into small clusters and stuffed with dryer lint. The forms twist and emerge from one another’s zippers as if in some mysterious regenerative process or act of cannibalism. En masse, the clusters become a colorful, mutating organism that resembles a huge crowd of limbs embracing or wrestling with each other.

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