SHIN Meekyoung (1967)


The artist doesn’t believe that classical sculptures should exist only as historical artworks, but as objects that provoke her to make new artworks. Shin’s personal and unique impressions made her consider the resemblance of soap to the material of marble, and soap as an everyday item; for Shin, marble is solid, while soap is easily consumed.

The 20th-century German philosopher Heidegger once stated that the difference between a work of art and an everyday item is that the latter is for consumption, while the former would never be consumed through usage. Meekyoung Shin places soap sculptures in the toilet, to allow those who frequent the facility to touch and use them. Yet once these sculptures enter the art museum, it would be forbidden to touch them. Shin thereby asks the following question: if the material used to make an artwork is an everyday item that will be consumed, then, should the quality of the artwork be consumed? Indeed, many are concerned about her choice of material, that her work of art will disappear with time. Their worries are valid, because any artist may hope that their works of art would exist forever.


1998 M.F.A. Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art in University College London, London, United Kingdom
1993 M.A. Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
1990 B.A. Sculpture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea




2016 Meekyoung Shin Solo Show, Space K, Gwacheon, Korea
2016 Cabinet of Curiosities, Hakgojae, Shanghai, China
2015 Painting Series, Asia House, London, United Kingdom
2015 Painting Series, Hada Contemporary, London, United Kingdom
2014 Made in China: An Imperial Ming Vase, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom
2014 A Cabinet of Curiosities: Meekyoung Shin, The National Centre of Craft & Design, Lincoln, United Kingdom
2014 A Cabinet of Curiosities: Meekyoung Shin @ Belton House, Belton House, Toilet Project @ Sketch, Sketch, London, United Kingdom
2013 Written in Soap: A Plinth Project, Taipei MOCA, Taipei, Taiwan
2013 Archetype: Meekyoung Shin, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2013 Unfixed: A Solo Exhibition by Meekyoung Shin, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, United Kingdom




2018 Korean's Spirit, Artvera's, Geneva, Switzerland

2016 MMCA Gwacheon 30 Years 1986–2016: As the Moon Waxes and Wanes, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
2016 Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, Korea
2016 La Terre, Le Feu, L’esprit, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2016 Please Return to Busan Port, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway
2016 Céramique Contemporaine Coréenne, Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges, France
2015 Rain Doesn’t Fall for Nothing, Kingston College Art & Design, Surrey, United Kingdom
2015 “Have a Good Day, Mr. Kim!”, Michael-Horbach Foundation, Cologne, Germany
2015 Probebühne 7, Museen Dahlem, Berlin, Germany
2015 How to Construct a Time Machine, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2015 Prudential Eye Awards, ArtScience Museum, Singapore