Chiharu Shiota

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

17 January – 30 March 2014

Works by the Japanese performance and installation artist renowned for her dramatic, immersive creations.

Chiharu Shiota is best known for her series of works in which various everyday objects, such as beds, windows, pianos and suitcases, are entwined inside webbed labyrinths of black and red thread.

Previous installations include Memory of Skin, which consisted of giant dirt-covered dresses that were continually being flushed by shower-heads and Dialogue from DNA where she invited people to donate footwear with a special memory or sentimental value.

For this exhibition in Walsall, Chiharu has created two site-specific installations, characteristic of her artistic style. The first employs Shiota's signature black wool, which is woven across and through space and embedded with hundreds of hand-written letters sourced from Japan.

Meanwhile, the other is comprised from around 400 vintage suitcases which are suspended from the ceiling with red rope, evoking notions of journeys, migration, discoveries, love and loss. 

These new works are shown alongside a selection of drawings and films by the artist.

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan

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