Cuts is the first solo exhibition of Frankfurt-based visual artist Eun-Joo Shin at Sakhile&Me. The show includes both oil paintings and linocut prints, most of which depict people in Frankfurt who the artist personally knows. The title specifically pays hommage to the cutting that occurs during the production of the linocuts shown in the exhibition but also references events in someone's life that change its trajectory. The portraits are based on photographs Shin took of friends and acquaintances in Frankfurt as well as photographs the artist sourced from online news reports. The exhibition will run from March 1 until April 8, 2023.
Eun-Joo Shin is a Frankfurt based visual artist from South Korea who is interested in people in her social environment. In Germany, immigrants and members of so-called fringe groups help shape the image of society and shape its diverse character. The exhibition "Cuts" shows large-format, watercolor-like works the artist creates using oil paints as well as linocuts, the striking effect of which abstracts the personality of those portrayed and underlines their anonymity.
Shin’s technical precision comes through in both the loose brush work in the oil paintings as well as the fine detailed cuts in the prints. Some of the prints were made using the "lost plate" method, in which multiple layers of color were printed, adding depth to the image. In contrast, the lines of the more recent, monochrome works are designed for a graphic effect of the print, with the cuts of the linocut knife producing clear graphic elements. This most recent series of prints also addresses people who have been politically persecuted because of their minority status, leading to traumatic experiences. The title "Cuts" therefore refers not only to the printing technique, but also to the physical and mental vulnerability of those portrayed and the cuts in their lives.