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Hearts of Absent Women 2021-2022, embroidery, cotton, linen, glass beads, polyester, wool, hanji paper, lokta paper, steel, dimensions variable
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Ema Shin | Hearts of Absent

Women | Official Opening

Saturday 8th July, 2-4pm. Free entry, bookings essential.


Free Entry


Ararat Gallery TAMA



Join us for the official opening of Hearts of Absent Women by artist Ema Shin on Saturday 8th July at 2pm.

Ema will speak about her work,  and light refreshments will be served in the Gallery foyer.

Ema Shin is from a Korean family who immigrated to Japan in the 1930s. Born and raised in Japan, she moved to Australia in 2010. As part of a Korean tradition, Shin’s male family members keep a book illustrating their family tree. Shin’s family tree spans 32 generations, yet only the linage of sons is featured. All daughters are absent.

This solo exhibition by Ema Shin celebrates the efforts and creativity of women that have gone unrecognised. Her work is influenced by anatomical and botanical forms. She sees these as symbols of life and emotion. Shin highlights the cultural diversity of women living in Australia, drawing attention to their experiences with family and social expectations. She celebrates their resilience and achievements.

Hearts of Absent Women includes soft embroidered sculptures, handwoven tapestries, and installations. The works in this exhibition have been made over the course of thirteen years, which is how long Shin has lived in Australia.

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