Faith in Art

June 30, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College associate professor of visual art, Shin-hee Chin, hosted a reception for her latest exhibit ‘Emergence’ from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs.

A 40-day meditation on verses from the book of Psalms led to the smallest group of paintings in the exhibit.

Photo Caption: Visitors gather around two paintings as Shin-hee Chin describes her inspiration for each.

“If you practice something for 40 days, you can master it,” Shin-hee says. “Forty days for me is a magical word, but it’s also a Biblical time.

“That is more like a Zen moment of work or haiku. It’s open-ended.”

Shin-hee’s works, in this particular exhibit, are mixed media collages, oil paintings and fiber art. She interweaves clothes, threads and paper to enhance the paint in her work.

“To create these collages,” says Shin-hee, “I utilize a variety of remnants of fabrics of clothing that included worn-out, nearly unusable clothes of my family, as well as leftovers from my previous work. While working with these clothes and improvising with my artistic materials, I realized the infinite artistic potential of the devalued aspects of the domestic realm.”

Shin-hee is an internationally exhibited artist who has lived half her life in South Korea and the past two decades in McPherson, Kan. She is a self-described feminist that utilizes her talent to enhance her faith.

“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 adds.

Her abstract works of art, inspired mainly from verses in Ecclesiastes and Psalms, are for sale. Prices range from $95 to $6,000.

This exhibit runs now through September 29.

Another reception will be held at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs on Saturday, July 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Captions for photos:

  • Top Row (L-R)
    • Shin-hee Chin describes her inspiration for the painting on the right “Encounter” to Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff, Tabor College professor of communication.
    • Shin-hee Chin stands next to her painting entitled “Woman Taken from Man.”
    • A 40 day meditation on verses in the book of Psalms inspired these paintings by Shin-hee Chin.
  • Middle Row (L-R)
    • Each section of the four pieces of cloth represents part of a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes.
    • “Encounter”
    • “Yin and Yang” – mixed media painting
  • Bottom
    • “The Bridge” – mixed media painting