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Shin-hee Chin to be artist-in-residence at Red Barn Studio

The Salina Journal
McPherson artist Shin-hee Chin works on a fiber art piece titled "Song of the Sea-shore."

Fiber artist Shin-hee Chin, of McPherson, will be the artist-in-residence at the Red Barn Studio, 212 S. Main in Lindsborg, from Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.

Chin, originally from South Korea, came to the United States in 1988. She has studied in Korea and the United States. Since 2005, she has taught at Tabor College. One of two major projects, as the artist-in-residence, will be “Splendor in the Grass,” which sets out to explore the beauty of prairie grasses, highlighting cultural and aesthetic roots of rural Kansas. It is imbuing the landscape with a “spirit of resonance” or vitality.

Through the imagery, Chin hopes to represent the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina’s unique cultural heritage and its vision for the future as an educational institution for excellent medical service professionals in rural Kansas and the surrounding area. The second project will be “Embracing the Void: Winds-scape in the Flint Hills,” which will be exhibited in public, along with a music festival, on June 5, 2021, in Peabody.

The location is intended to visualize the symbiotic relationship between nature and human beings through the outdoor installation in the natural setting. The project has been inspired by “Psithurism,” or the sound of wind whispering through the trees, symbolizing the long-lost intimate dialogues between human and nature. Utilizing plastic woven nets and natural fibers, Shin-hee Chin plans to tentatively connect numerous existing trees in the site, envisioning the ideal and harmonious co-existence of human beings and their surrounding environment.

For more information, contact Red Barn Studio Museum at 785 227-2217 or raymer@redbarnstudio.org. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and by appointment.