Line of Thought
March 31 to June 16, 2019

Chiharu Shiota was born in Japan in 1972 and originally studied painting in Kyoto. She completed her studies in Berlin with Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn, whose influence is notable particularly in Shiota’s early works: here, her own body has already become an essential part and point of departure for her works. She explores subjects such as memory and forgetting, presence and absence of the body as well as the interwoven and multi-faceted nature of human relationships.

Try and Go Home, 1997
The Key in the Hand, 2016
Beyond Time, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2018, Foto: Jonty Wilde
Drifting, 2019
Passage, 2018
In Silence, 2017
State of Being (Dress), 2018

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

Chiharu Shiota

For the performance Try and Go Home, she smeared her skin with earth, lay down in a hole in the ground and fasted for four days. The colour red also has a special importance in the work of Shiota, a painter by training, since it is reminiscent of human blood. For her work Becoming Painting she painted her body, face and white linen dress with red paint, becoming a part of the work herself through this merging of painting and performance. In her more recent works, the colour red continues in the form of red threads which she weaves into small or even space-filling web installations. Her webs are spun around objects of daily life, bringing to mind expressive carriers of human actions and forgotten elements. Thus, she uses objects such as a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, a ladies’ coat, numerous keys or wooden boats in her works, most recently at the Venice Biennial in 2015. All of her works form poetic, pulsating bodies within space and have a direct connection with her earlier performances. To Shiota, the threads and their interweaving also symbolize the extension of life beyond the body, such as in sleep and dreams, in thought and imagination – invisible connections that her webs make visible. 



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