Los Angeles, USA
Kyungmi Shin is a sculptor living in Los Angeles. Her academic career started as a medical student at Kyungpook University in Korea. After moving to the United States in 1983, she studied painting at San Francisco Art Institute, and received her M.F.A. at University of California, Berkeley in 1995. She makes photo collages and sculptural installations that investigate the global connection by looking at the rituals, myths and the physical evidence of the inter-connection between the developed and underdeveloped countries and the effects of globalization. Her public art practice is informed by the site’s history and context, and she creates art in public places that transform the site into a meaningful and through-provoking place.
Her works have been exhibited at Berkeley Art Museum, Sonje Art Center, Japanese American National Art Museum, and Torrance Art Museum, and have received numerous grants including California Community Foundation Grant, Durfee Grant, Pasadena City Individual Artist Fellowship, and LA Cultural Affairs Artist in Residence Grants. She has been awarded over 20 public art commissions since 2005. Her projects include Chicago’s Redline Granville subway station, Los Angeles Airport Terminal 3, Brookland Middle School in Washington DC, and a pocket park at Laguna Beach, CA.