Yarn is a material synonymous with Chiharu Shiota’s installations. Moving your hands to create a three-dimensional drawing, the thread lines gradually form a surface, and then completely fill the space. The threads are entangled, intertwined, cut, tied and stretched. The strings, which manipulate the heart, can also sometimes be used to express the relationship between people.’
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In Shiota’s installations, currently in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane until 3 October 2022, overlapping threads that are jet black or deep red start as surfaces that they gradually become complete spaces: these early works come to an end when our eyes are no longer able to follow the threads. “In that moment, I feel like I can glimpse what’s beyond and touch the truth.”
For Shiota, the uncertainty associated with not being able to see the future is also a motivating force that pushes her to do work, in an effort to seek the certainties of existence. Ships are used as an intermediary between the certainty and uncertainty of existence.
The threads become entangled, intertwine, break, undo.
They constantly reflect a part of my state of mind, as if expressing the state of human relations.
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GOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ at The Fairfax Gallery (1.1), Gallery 1.2 and Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery (1.3), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane June 18-3 October 2022.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Queensland | Modern Art Gallery and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.