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Measuring the Depths of His Own Nature, 2012

In collaboration with architect Brian Ripel
Graphite on 29 reclaimed timbers
69 in h x 21 ft w x 3 in d
Installation in the Foster Galleries
Commissioned by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA


Inspired by the author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s move to nearby Walden Pond in 1845 and museum founder Julian de Cordova’s summer escape to Flint’s Pond in 1882, Shin and Ripel harness the shared impulse to seek refuge with the materials that made these physical and psychological havens possible: pencils and tea. The artists build from Thoreau’s familial connection to pencil manufacturing and his vocations as author and land surveyor as well as de Cordova’s role as tea merchant, to engage local cultural and industrial histories. Viewers consider the shaping of architectural form and the mapping of landscape as physical embodiments of personal, philosophical, and psychological retreat.

 

Jean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own Nature

Jean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own NatureJean Shin: Measuring the Depths of One's Own Nature