Chiharu Shiota’s (b. 1972) first solo retrospective in the Netherlands offers insight into the human condition. Weaving intricate networks of yarn, the pieces create multiple visual planes that expand across the gallery space. By exploring themes of identity and memory, the practitioner provokes dialogues about universal experiences and our personal relationships. Shiota notes of her practice: “When I was painting, I felt limited by the two-dimensionality of the canvas. I started to experiment, looking at how I could operate in three dimensions. For my new work, I will be using thread that is red: a colour laden with symbolism. Using of the hue of blood echoes the interior of the body and the complex network of neural connections in the brain. Furthermore, the interwoven strands express the connection between people.”
Between the Lines is at the Het Noordbrabants Museum in ’s-Hertogenbosch until 15 October. Further information can be found at: www.hetnoordbrabantsmuseum.nl
1. Chiharu Shiota. Uncertain Journeys, 2016. Courtesy of Blain Southern.