Jean Shin
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Wooden Floor, 2002

Disposable wooden chopsticks

Dimensions variable

Installation at Ssamzie Space, Seoul Korea

In Wooden Floor, thousands of disposable wooden chopsticks have been temporarily arranged into an elaborate composition that recalls the structure of wood flooring. Common, utilitarian items that are normally disposed of after one use create patterns of herringbone, parquet, and plank flooring. The installation turns the permanence of architecture on its head, while placing it in dialogue with the temporality of food and consumption. Like a beautifully raked Japanese rock garden, the installation is not meant to be physically walked on but instead it becomes a place of contemplation for the eyes and mind.

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