Artist Statement

Mizin Shin’s work addresses interdependency throughout societal systems from her experience as someone who often finds herself adopting, and adapting to and from, multiple cultures. Taking economic and industrial ecologies surrounding the manufacturing and distribution of products as an example, she uncovers and visualizes connections to expose these systems as networks interdependent on a large and continually increasing number of other social entities. By revealing the intrinsic connections among familiar objects, the work presents all items of our systems as significant, from the individual elements to the larger constructs. Surrounded by the work, viewers become a focal point in the network model, drawing awareness to their own position and significance in these systems. Theories and topics of research that have informed the work include Self-Organization and pattern formation, The Butterfly Effect, Chaos Theory, Complexity Science and Complex Adaptive Systems, Entropy, Emergence, and Small-world networks.

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