Recognised the world over for her string installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is the subject of three major projects at the Art Gallery of South Australia from late August. This trilogy of offerings includes the first solo exhibition of Chiharu’s work in an Australian public gallery, presenting works from the artist’s collection and from public and private collections in Germany, Japan and Australian and including early performance work, captured in photography and the moving image, and a selection of her drawings. Also on view at the Gallery will be a major site-specific commission that embodies the space within the Melrose Wing and a new sculptural work made for the facade of the Gallery.
In her conceptually driven practice Shiota attempts to represent what it means to be human. Beginning as autobiographical excavations, her installations draw on personal experiences, emotions and memories to create universally resonant works.
Chiharu Shiota's labyrinthine installations weave a complex web from waking life and fading memories. The Guardian
Chiharu Shiota has been generously supported by the Gwinnett family.
Image detail: Chiharu Shiota, born 1972, Osaka, Japan, Uncertain Journey, 2016, Blain|Southern, Berlin; Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne, photo: Sunhi Mang