Tabor art prof featured in international magazine

SDJFall08.QXDShin-hee Chin, Tabor College associate professor of art and design, is featured in the summer edition of ?Surface Design,? a leading international publication in the field of design, fiber and textile arts.
Chin?s self-portrait, on the cover of the magazine, shows strips of recycled red, white and blue fabric, twisted into single strips.
Editor Marci Rae MacDade chose a Korean theme for this issue of the magazine after viewing Chin?s ?Self-Portrait No. 5? at a regional exhibition in St. Louis.
?At a distance, the piece shimmered in a seemingly pixelated halo of vibrant color,? McDade said. ?Chin created this effect with a technique she developed by appropriating the traditional Korean paper twisting method of jiseung used for basketry.
Writer Mary M. Dusenbury describes Chin?s style, techniques and intellectuality in the article ?Valorizing the Voiceless.? Five other works of art by Chin are also featured with Dusenbury?s article.
About her artwork, Chin said, ?I constantly try to valorize devalued women?s labor and the woman?s body by reversing the negative insinuations associated with female domains and imbuing them with positive qualities.?
Chin, born in Seoul, South Korea, has lived in the United States for the past 26 years.
?Self Portrait No. 5? captures the essence of both countries she represents.
?Traditionally, red and blue are assigned gender-specific roles,? Chin said. ?Red and blue are also used a great deal in flags and are thus associated with patriotism, allegiance and loyalty.
?Both Korea and the United States, the two countries essential in defining my nationality and cultural citizenship, use red and blue colors in their flags.
?To symbolize the hybridity of my identity and cultural practices, I alternated stripes of red, white and blue (America) and red, blue, white and black (Korea) in creating an image of myself.?

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