Line of Thought
March 31 to June 16, 2019

With the exhibition Chiharu Shiota. Line of Thought, the Museum Sinclair-Haus presents a comprehensive view of the profound creative cosmos of the Japanese artist. Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka in 1972 and began studying painting in Kyoto. She completed her art studies in Berlin, where Marina Abramovic was her teacher. The latter advised the young artist to experiment with different forms of expression. Thus, she began to use water, fire and earth in her works. For the performance Try and Go Home, she rubbed earth onto her skin, lay in a hole in the ground and fasted for four days. Her own body was an essential part and point of departure for her work even at these early stages. Subjects such as memory and forgetting, presence and absence of the body are examined by Chiharu Shiota, alongside the interweaving and multi-faceted nature of human relations.

Beyond Time, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2018, Foto: Jonty Wilde

Using webs is something that allows me to explore breath and space like a line in a painting.

Chiharu Shiota

The colour red also has a special meaning in the output of this artist, who started out as a painter: to her, it recalls human blood. For her work Becoming Painting, she painted her body, her face and her white linen dress with red paint, becoming a part of the work herself through this connection of painting and performance. The colour red also plays a significant role in her new work, where it appears in the shape of red threads which she knots into small or even large-format net installations. Her nets are spun around objects of daily life, which are expressive media of human actions and recall what has been forgotten. Thus, she uses objects such as a burnt-out piano, a bridal gown, a lady’s coat, numerous keys or wooden boats, as she did most recently at the Venice Biennial in 2015. These works form poetic installations with a direct connection with her early performance works. To Shiota, the threads and their interwovenness also symbolize the extension of life beyond the body, such as in sleep and dreams, in thoughts and imagination – invisible links which her nets render visible.

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