Artist Statement: When You send out Your breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed.(Psalm 104: 30)
My inspiration came from Psalm 104, which is a celebration of God the Creator and Sustainer of all things. I have appreciated it as the intricate web which connects all living creatures. My intention of creating artwork is to suggest the essence, the eternal qualities of the beauty beyond reality, something sublime. It is imbuing artwork with a “spirit resonance” or vitality. The process of the work is a record of "breath" being transferred from the artist into the work.
bio: Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Shin-hee Chin received her BFA and MFA from Hong-Ik University. Shortly after, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and raised two kids while earning her MA in Fiber Arts from California State University at Long Beach. As an educator for 14 years, Chin has taught drawing, painting, color theory, and mixed media at Tabor College in Kansas. She was elected as Distinguished Faculty at Tabor College in 2008.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Textile Museum at Washington DC, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, the Palais des Nations (United Nations’ headquarters building), Geneva, Switzerland, and Uijeongbu Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea.
Shin-hee Chin’s work was featured as the cover of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal(Spring 2017) and the cover of Surface Design Association Journal (summer 2014). She was also featured in the PBS series Artworks This Week (interviewed by Nate Howard, Maryland) in May 2002 and in KAKE’s Hatteberg’s People (channel 10, Kansas) program entitled “Woman’s Work: A Fiber Artist Whose Work Gives Voice to Women” in December 2013. She has won numerous awards including: Carolyn Lee Thrasher Vehslage Award, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania(2016); Catherine Hastedt Award, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York(2015); The Miriam Machel Award, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California (2014); Kirtz/Van Nortwick Award, The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio (2014); Publisher’s Award, Quilt Nihon, Tokyo, Japan (2014 & 2010); Most Innovative Use of the Medium Award, Quilt National, Athens, Ohio (2013); Award of Excellence, The Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, Indiana(2011); and Best of Show, Art St. Louis Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri (2007).