Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese artist born in 1972 in Osaka. He currently lives and works in Berlin. Confronting fundamental human concerns such as life, death, and relationships, Shiota explores human existence throughout various dimensions by creating an existence in the absence either in her large-scale thread installations that include a variety of common objects and external memorabilia or through her drawings, sculptures, photography, and videos.
Chiharu Shiota’s work captures many aspects of performance and installation practices even in other media and video art, drawings, paintings – reflecting her diverse academic background, influenced by Abramovic, Lygia Clark, and Ana Mendieta. Well known for its vast web of hoses or wires, whose proportions even cover entire rooms, the artist connects these abstract networks with everyday objects like keys, windows, shoes, boots, and bags in their work.
The constant use of wires is justified by Shiota: “ I see the wire symbolically as human relations.” In most of my installations, the wires form three-dimensional webs, and in the end, everything connects. A wire can go straight between two points, them, it can also curl up […]and break. ”
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