Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Embodied - A Significant Solo Exhibition
Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese born artist who has become internationally known over the past 15 years for her large-scale art installations that are intense, intricate and complex - both in their nature and their mind/body relationships.
Chiharu lives and works in Germany and has held exhibitions in major museums and art galleries in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Her room-filling installations made of string can be seen at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 3 separate exhibits. Her "Absence Embodied" in the Melrose Wing of European Art simply took my breath away. Made of 1800 balls of red wool, the woven patterning is beautifully delicate, yet it's strong and intimidating at the same time. Chiharu encloses personal objects into her installations - a wedding dress, a musical instrument, a suitcase; they become trapped in human-sized webs.
Her immense string installation is one of three major projects on show at the Art Gallery in what is her first solo exhibition in an Australian public gallery. The exhibition spaces showcase a selection of works from her own personal collection of drawings and of her performance work which is exhibited in her photographs and videos as well as works that have come from public and private collections in Germany, Japan and Australia.