It might not be considered a noble material, but Chiharu Shiota has made yarn her signature medium in the creation of powerful, delicate and enveloping environments in which recovered objects like suitcases, shoes, dresses, bed frames, windows and doors are sometimes suspended in a web.
Inhabiting immense spaces with networks of string or wool interwoven in all directions, from floor to ceiling, that represent the complexity of human relationships, she builds monumental, site-specific artistic installations of architectural richness. Intended to be places of solace and contemplation, they invite visitors to wander inside and get lost.
“My work is about fundamental human questions about relationships, life and death.”Chiharu Shiota
Aware of the transformational quality of art, Chiharu incorporates highly personal physical and emotional experiences that she expands into something universal that speaks to the collective.
“My work is about fundamental human questions about relationships, life and death,” she says. “I try to express thoughts I am unable to talk about through my art, and I think many others have the same emotions. I have also become obsessed with human memories and existence, and have recreated a human presence without a physical body.”
Nonetheless, she’s aware that art is for the individual, so although some might feel connected and recognise the feeling that the work expresses, others won’t.
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