Chiharu Shiota
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.