Chiharu Shiota (b.1972, Osaka, Japan – currently living in Berlin) is primarily known for large scale installations such as The Key In The Hand (2015) with which she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale. The starting points for the majority of Shiota’s installations are collections of used possessions; belongings, haunted with memories, that act as expressions of human acts. Complex networks of yarn are often interlaced around and between objects, linking their inherent narratives and creating a new visual plane, as if painting in mid-air.
Although Chiharu Shiota originally studied to be a painter, during her residency at Canberra School of Art in Australia, she began to feel constrained within the purely painterly medium. In 1996, Shiota used the thread for the first time. As stated by the artist, “weaving gave me the opportunity to expand, and I feel as if I am drawing in the air on a limitless space”.
Chiharu Shiota’s exhibitions include Embodied, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, AU (2018), Beyond Time, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2018), Between the Lines, Noordbrabants Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL (2017) Where are we going?, Le Bon Marché, Paris, FR (2017) Kunstsammlung Düsseldorf, K21, Düsseldorf, DE (2015), Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., US (2014); The Museum of Art, Kōchi, JP (2013); La Maison Rouge, Paris, FR (2011); National Museum of Art, Osaka, JP (2008); and MoMA PS1, New York, US (2003) to mention a few. She has participated in the Venice Biennale, 2015; Aichi Triennale, 2010; Gwangju Biennale, 2006 and Yokohama Triennale 2001, amongst others. Her works are included in The Leopold Private Collection, Vienna; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; The Hoffmann Collection, Berlin and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.