Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Chiharu Shiota

Today's Wednesday Artist is Chiharu Shiota, whose gorgeous installation, The Key in the Hand, was in the Japan Pavilion at last year's Venice Biennale. The installation is the subject of the video below, which was filmed by Sergey Khodakovsky. A catalogue about the installation sold out.

The installation comprises a massive network of red wool string suspending 50,000 donated keys and a number of wooden boats. (See some close-up images in the Works section of Shiota's Website.) Of the keys she used, Shiota says, "Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. They also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds...." For Shiota, keys lead us to "various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use."

Also see Shiota's moving installation Diagloue from DNA (2004), which I had an opportunity to see in person. (Images may be seen in the Works 2004 section of Shiota's Website.)

Shiota was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1972 and lives and works in Berlin. Work by the award-winning artist can be found in a number of collections in Japan, France, Germany, Finland, Turkey, and Switzerland.

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