Chiharu Shiota: installation Stairway, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist: Chiharu Shiota

Installation and performance artist, Chiharu Shiota is creating ‘an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel’ at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) in spring 2018.

From the YSP’s site:

Shiota is known for large-scale works such as The Key In The Hand (2015), an elaborate entanglement of red thread and keys, which she made when selected to represent Japan at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Shiota’s work for YSP will respond to and activate the unique architecture and heritage of the Chapel.

Exemplary of her work’s resonance with memory and human relationships through the use of objects, the installation will interlace the physical with conceptual to create a new visual plane – as if painting in mid-air.

Embracing all who enter within an extraordinary experience, Shiota’s project will reference the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.

I would really love to go along and see this installation but fear that, sadly, it may be too far for me this Spring/Summer.

However, I was inspired by the beautiful images, on the YSP and other websites – some included here for reference, to buy this book: Under The Skin, UK published in 2017.

If you are in or able to get to the North of England this Spring or Summer, I’d recommend a visit to see both the Chiharu Shiota installation and all the other attractions in situ at the YSP:

Chiharu Shiota at the YSP, 30 March to 2 September 2018.

Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand, 2015, old keys, old wooden boat, red yarn, dimensions variable. Japan Pavillion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand, 2015, old keys, old wooden boat, red yarn, dimensions variable. Japan Pavillion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota, Where are we going?, 2017. Le Bon Marché, Paris, France. Installation, white wool, wires. Photo Sunhi Mang. Copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017 and the artist
Chiharu Shiota, Where are we going?, 2017. Le Bon Marché, Paris, France. Installation, white wool, wires. Photo Sunhi Mang. Copyright VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017 and the artist
Chiharu Shiota: Letters of Thanks, 2013. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota: Letters of Thanks, 2013. Image Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota, Falling Keys, 2013. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota, Falling Keys, 2013. Image Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota: The Key in the Hand, 2015, old keys, old wooden boat, red yarn, dimensions variable. Japan Pavillion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota: :The Key in the Hand, 2015, old keys, old wooden boat, red yarn, dimensions variable. Japan Pavillion 56th Venice Biennale, Italy. Photo by Sunhi Mang. Courtesy of the Artist.
Chiharu Shiota: installation Stairway, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.
Chiharu Shiota: installation Stairway, 2012. Image Courtesy of the artist.

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