Translation Vases (2009),
Shin reproduces several pieces of highly collectable porcelain - produced in China since the sixteenth century for consumption in the West - translating the form directly from the original. By rendering these precious objects in a seemingly fragile and transient material such as soap, Shin questions the authority and originality the original vases demand. Presenting the new vases on the packing crates
in which they are shipped from location to location further emphasises the sense of dislocation and transformation.