Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese installation artist born in 1972 in Osaka. She lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the Seika University in Kyoto (1992 – 1996) and at different Universities in Germany, (including Universität der Künste, Berlin / Germany (1999 – 2003)) and her work is represented mainly by ARNDT in Berlin. She had many solo exhibitions, starting from 2000. In her works everything becomes fulfilled with meanings (or with spider webs?); spaces become wider and have function of keeping emotions (of objects?), exploded thoughts flit in the air, gently associated with the ground. And yet, in her installations lies geometry with the rhythm to be found. As is said for ARNDT she is best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Her themes are remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters; the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of black thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, a lady’s mackintosh, sometimes even the sleeping artist herself. She keeps everything present in a gentle manner, that’s why she makes poetry of presence.
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