Jeena Shin’s large-scale wall paintings draw out the spatial and temporal properties inherent in a site. She uses a repeated motif based on a folded sheet of paper that is flipped and turned from a single starting point. Though the resulting pattern is flat, her angled shapes, always articulated in a single colour, appear layered as inside and outside fold and unfold across the surface of the wall. Her work traces a passage: first of the artist’s hand, then of the viewer’s eye and body as they survey it, and then as the physical space changes over the course of the day. The effect is unsettling; our only certainty is that what we perceive shifts from one point to another.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1973, Jeena Shin graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in 1997 and received a Masters of Fine Arts from RMIT Melbourne in 2000. Recent projects include: ARTSPACE Stairwell Project (1973-) 2009-2011, ARTSPACE, Auckland; Yo Modernism II, CCNOA, Brussels, Belgium, 2009; Prospect 2007: New Art New Zealand, City Gallery Wellington, 2007; Respirator, Conical Gallery, Melbourne 2006 and Lux, Show Gallery, Wellington, 2004. Jeena Shin lives and works in Auckland.