I think of nature, 2021
water-soluble wax pastel, ink and thread on paper
38 x 28 cm
Chiharu Shiota’s works stem from personal experiences and deeply felt emotions, which are visually externalised as abstracted forms that carry a universal resonance. Often conveyed with a performative element, her works frequently involve her own body in the process of creation. In 'I think of nature' (2021) the figure is central though the deluge of organic forms overwhelm the majority of the picture plane. Shiota’s signature use of red is used to great effect in this drawing, as the pastel is washed in parts to merge the interlocking web of circular shapes that evoke the all-encompassing and mercurial nature of thought and emotion. 'I think of nature' also incorporates fine red thread, which is weaved through the paper and connects the figure to the mass of swirling forms. The yarn adds a sense of tension and fragility, a common feature of one’s relationship with others, nature, and the inner self.
Born Osaka, Japan. Lives and works in Berlin. Over the course of the past three decades, Chiharu Shiota has built a stellar international career, exhibiting widely in major museums across Europe, Asia and Australia. Chiharu Shiota is best known for intricate and large-scale installations that explore complex relationships between body and mind. She maps elusive sensations of emotion and memory by weaving tangible objects – clothing, musical instruments, furniture, letters, and even an incinerated piano – into extensive, tangled webs created with hundreds of metres of delicate thread. By capturing objects in this way, the artist creates atmospheric, otherworldly environments that inspire reflection on things past and meditation on future dreams.