A 40-day meditation on verses from Psalms led to a group of paintings that Shin-hee Chin, associate professor of visual art at Tabor College, exhibited Saturday at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green.
“If you practice something for 40 days, you can master it,” Chin said. “Forty days for me is a magical word, but it’s also a Biblical time.
“That is more like a Zen moment or work of haiku. It’s open-ended.”
Her pieces in the exhibit, titled “Emergence,” are mixed-media collages, oil paintings, and fiber art. She interweaves clothes, threads, and paper to enhance the paint in her work. She uses fabric remnants from clothing and previous work.
“These pieces speak not so much of sorrow, anger, regrets, but rather of healing, recovering, inner joy attained by/through converting the physical, oppressive condition into the stimulating and dynamic inner resources of my own creative life,” she said.
Chin has exhibited her work internationally. She lived half her life in South Korea and the past two decades in McPherson.
Her exhibit will be open through Sept. 29. Pieces inspired by verses in Ecclesiastes and Psalms are for sale at prices from $95 to $6,000. Another reception is planned for 2 to 5 p.m. July 26 at the gallery.