Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm.
Elisabetta Cipriani is very pleased to present Carrying Memory, the first wearable art project by performance and poetic installation artist Chiharu Shiota.
Through the use of 18kt gold, Chiharu Shiota intricately intertwines and folds threads which gradually expand into the universe, becoming an extension of the body in space. A necklace and a ring that can also be used as a pendant, have been conceived and perceived in the same way as Shiota’s thread installations, in which she integrates, within a web, objects that carry memories of our daily life.
For the necklace, Chiharu Shiota chose to create the art piece around a key, a meaningful object related to everyday life. Viewing keys as “familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”, the artist invites us to make a profound and treasured connection with the necklace. Within the golden threads, Shiota suspends the contrasting silver key with a powerful, dark and dreamlike potency. The traces left behind by a human life are also conceptually explored in the ring/pendant, which is made entirely of golden webbed threads to symbolise the inside of a human body.
These two poetical and powerful projects are unique within a limited edition of 8 pieces each. Each work is signed and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity