Chiharu Shiota

The Crossing
, 2018
Site specific installation: 175 books, white wool. 10 x 3 x 4 m (dimensions variable). Anna Schwartz Gallery, Stand A7, Melbourne Art Fair.
Photography: Zan Wimberley Click to enlarge

Biography

Born Osaka, Japan 1972
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

 

Over the course of the past three decades, Chiharu Shiota has built a stellar international career, exhibiting widely in major museums across Europe, Asia and Australia.

Chiharu Shiota is best known for intricate and large-scale installations that explore complex relationships between body and mind. She maps elusive sensations of emotion and memory by weaving tangible objects – clothing, musical instruments, furniture, letters, and even an incinerated piano – into extensive, tangled webs created with hundreds of metres of delicate thread. By capturing objects in this way, the artist creates atmospheric, otherworldly environments that inspire reflection on things past and meditation on future dreams.

Shiota has studied in several countries including at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University in 1994, Kyoto Seika University, Japan in 1996, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany in 1999 and at Universität der Künste, Berlin in 2003.

The artist represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, presenting The Key in the Hand in the Japanese Pavilion, curated by Hitoshi Nakano. Exhibitions include: ‘Seven Dresses’, Stadtgal­erie, Saarbrücken (2015); ‘Le Fil Rouge’, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); ‘Inhabiting the World’, Busan Biennale (2014); ‘Progress and Hygiene’, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2014); ‘Over the Continents’, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (2014); ‘Home of Memo­ry’, La Maison Rouge, Paris (2011); ‘Inner Voices’, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2011); ‘Walking in My Mind’, Hayward Gallery, London (2009); ‘Breath of Spirit’, The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008).

Public collections include: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Germany; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Art , Osaka; Centre PasquArt, Switzerland.

 

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Bibliography

Artist website


Exhibitions

Chiharu Shiota

Melbourne Art Fair: The Crossing

Chiharu Shiota

Absent Bodies

Chiharu Shiota

The Home Within
, Melbourne Town Hall

Chiharu Shiota

Conscious Sleep
, 20th Biennale of Sydney

Chiharu Shiota

The Key in the Hand
, Japan Pavilion 56th Venice Biennale

Chiharu Shiota

New Works


Recent Works

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Scissors)
, 2018
Metal frame, pair of scissors, thread
50 x 50 x 30 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Newspaper)
, 2018
Metal frame, newspaper, thread
50 x 50 x 30 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Masks)
, 2018
Metal frame, masks, thread
50 x 50 x 30 cm

Chiharu Shiota

State of Being (Book)
, 2018
Metal frame, book, thread
50 x 50 x 30 cm

Chiharu Shiota

Skin
, 2018
Thread on canvas
Triptych: 140 x 80 cm each; 140 x 240 cm overall

Publications

Chiharu Shiota

Breath of the Spirit
, 2008
National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan

Chiharu Shiota

Zustand des Seins / État d´Être / State of Being
, 2008
Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Germany

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota
, 2011
Hatje Cantz, Germany

Chiharu Shiota

Where Are We Going?
, 2012
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan

Chiharu Shiota

Letters of Thanks
, 2013
Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan

Chiharu Shiota

After the Dream
, 2013
Villa de MountpellierVilla de Mountpellier, France

Chiharu Shiota

Other Side
, 2013
Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

Chiharu Shiota

Presence in the Absence
, 2014
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, USA

Chiharu Shiota

Emlékeső
, 2016
Ferenczy Múzeum, Szentendre, Hungary

Chiharu Shiota

The Locked Room
, 2016
KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama, Japan

Chiharu Shiota

An Interview with Chiharu Shiota by Andrea Jahn
, 2016
KERBER, Germany

Chiharu Shiota

Between the Lines
, 2017
Wbooks; Het Norrdbrabants Museum

Chiharu Shiota

Where are we going?
, 2017
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Paris; Le Cherche Midi

Chiharu Shiota

Unter der Haut – Under the Skin
, 2017
Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH

Chiharu Shiota

The Key in the Hand
, 2015
Distanz

Chiharu Shiota

The Hand Lines
, 2014
Casa Asia

News

Common thread: Chiharu Shiota’s installation art examines life’s big questions. As such, she’s not expecting any answers soon.

From The Australian
by Miriam Cosic

Calling artists “international” in our globalised art world has become a marketing cliche, but Chiharu Shiota has earned the adjective. Born in Osaka, she had the “aha!” moment of her artistic development in Canberra (of all ­places), and lives in Berlin with her Korean ­husband and their child. Shiota is in the middle of a […]

Artist Chiharu Shiota Explains Why She Turned the Bible Into a Spidery Maelstrom in Berlin’s Oldest Church

From Artnet News, 30 October 2017
by Hili Perlson

Chiharu Shiota was standing inside Berlin’s oldest church, the St. Nikolai Kirche, one late September day, putting the finishing touches on a new site-specific installation. She had filled the church with black yarn that threaded through the space to create webbed tunnels. Thousands of sheets of paper—pulled from Bibles in 100 different languages—were tangled in the thickly […]

Chiharu Shiota suspends a fleet of woven white boats inside Paris’ Le Bon Marché

From Design Boom, 24 January 2017
by Nina Azzarello

inside the historic le bon marché department store in paris, japanese artist chiharu shiota has suspended 150 sculptural boats from the ceiling, figuratively ‘sailing’ across the space. drawn from typologies found across a range of cultures and communities, the hollowed out metal hulls — seemingly etched with a pencil — hang from the store’s central glass roof, surrounding visitors in an all-white abyss. as part […]

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota plucks the strands of our most distant memories

From Broadsheet, 11/10/16
by Bianca Winataputri

Chiharu Shiota’s Absent Bodies is like an enormous, red web left by what must be an enormous spider. The constellation of thread, like a million veins, envelops Anna Schwartz Gallery, wall to wall. Through the mess of tangled threads you can see, faintly, two chairs. “No one sits there but it is still in existence. […]

Chiharu Shiota : Absent Bodies

From Australian Book Review, 12/10/16
by Andrea Goldsmith

There have been a handful of occasions in my life when I have stood before a work of art intending to look at it, appraise it, only to find myself drawn into it. In some strange way I become part of the work. It is as if my imagination has merged with the imaginative space […]