State of being #22, 2009
State of being #22, 2009
Steel, dancing shoes and threads
23.6 x 12 x 12 in
Unique artwork
Untitled, 2010
Untitled, 2010
Suitcase, phone, cement and pastel drawing
55 x 65,5 x 19 cm
Unique artwork
Trauma / Alltag, 2009
Trauma / Alltag, 2009
Steel, wool thread, book
11.8 x 11.8 x 13.8 in
Unique artwork
State of being (Children dress), 2012
State of being (Children dress), 2012
thread, children dress, metal frame
Unique artwork

Chiharu
SHIOTA

Japanese, born 1972

Chiharu Shiota is known for her performative installations in which she weaves human-size webs from black thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself. Inspired by the installation and performance art of the 1970s, Shiota left Japan for Berlin to study under Marina Abramovic, whose influence can be seen in Shiota’s endurance-based performances like Try and Go Home (1998), in which the artist smeared her body with earth, entered a hole, and fasted for four days. Shiota’s work is also influenced by and aligned with that of Rebecca Horn, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, and Eva Hesse, revealed in her use of materials and performative exploration of states of anxiety, oblivion, and remembering.