Hye Young Shin
Hye Young Shin is the Assistant Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History in the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Shin received Master of Fine Art from University at Buffalo, and two BFAs in Printmaking and Painting from Hong-Ik University and Kyoung-Sung University in Korea. Shin exhibited across the US, including solo shows at the Fine Art Gallery in the San Francisco Sate University, CA; UB Anderson Gallery in the University at Buffalo, NY; 20|20 Gallery of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in the Elizabeth Arts Foundation, New York City, NY; Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Western New York Book Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, and has been featured in many group shows nationally and internationally.
Shin’s artistic practice is an embodiment of a lifetime of accumulated experiences. Her artwork centers on visualizing connections that make human relationships and kindle new meaning and the value of art. She believes that communication is the key to establishing a strong sense of belongings between artists, viewers, and community. The issues she confronts through her work stem from early experience and observation. At a young age, she became aware of death and human vulnerability through illnesses in her family. She sought to explore a theatrical and situational empathy to deliver an intimate communication among us and strives to create some sort of ambiguous space where we are not able to define ourselves through the notion of race, language, and culture. We can only realize ourselves as human beings without prejudice. Influenced by childhood experiences and present time of her practice, Shin’s work speaks of humanity, happiness and freedom of the individual and utopian society.