Chiharu Shiota‘s installations are monumental creations that take over every room in which they are created. Despite that they’re incredibly delicate and poetic evocations of the past, childhood, remembrance and dealing with our anxieties when encountering such memories.
Shiota visual expresses these subjects by building immense installations made of black thread which often enclose ordinary household and personal objects that relate in someway to her personal life, her childhood, her emotional being: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, shoes, windows from disused buildings and sometimes indeed herself.
They are a magnificent statement, a bold mark, that grew out of the artists mentorship under the great performance artist Marina Abramović.
You can currently see her work in a number of galleries across the World including:
- Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan until 9th December, 2012
- ARNDT Australia pop up Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia until 15th December
- Vernetzt, PowerTower Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria until 15th December
- Strozzina Italia, Florence, Italy until 27th January, 2013
- Casa Asia, Barcelona, Spain until 30th March, 2013