Owners or owned?

Are we owners or owned? Contemporary artist Jean Shin meticulously collects, deconstructs, and re-classifies discarded objects that symbolize accomplishment, pride, hope, necessity, and subsequent junk in America. On ArtBabble, Shin discusses her latest exhibition, “Common Threads” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Beyond camouflaging the function of trashed items through beautiful arrangements (ex: illuminated stalactites and stalagmites made from stacked prescription pill bottles), Shin’s work evokes a billion questions. What is the relationship between objects and identity? Is the process of owning and disowning objects seemingly cathartic or unavoidable? Do we own objects, or do they own us? With a world in environmental and economic chaos, exposing the psychological implications of own-and-disown culture needs to happen constantly.

Sociological Images further explores the things in our lives through the work of Chinese artist Song Dong. Check it.


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