artist chiharu shiota

May 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm 4 comments

Like a dark obsession with arachnids, Japanese-born artist Chiharu Shiota wraps objects from floor to ceiling in miles of black wool.  Her work, ambiguous and stunning, leaves you curious about the strangled objects seemingly suspended in time and space.

Her first solo show in New York is currently on display at the Goff + Rosenthal Gallery.

The piano above, titled “In Silence”, was burned before it was wrapped. This is in response to a fire that hit close to her heart as a child. Here is an interesting article about the piece.

Chiharu’s works convey a very personal, profound meaning; they are a physical creation of a shrouded memory literally exploding from the artist.  Because of this we feel a deep connection with her and are at the very least sympathetic if not at all empathetic.

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