The Giant Web Installations of Chiharu Shiota

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It may only require a short look at the installations of Chiharu Shiota to gather that they are intensely personal.  Her work often fills entire rooms or galleries.  These spaces are inhabited by various objects for each installation.  The objects, however, clearly carry some sort of narrative with them, as if plucked directly out of a memory or story.  Shiota often then floods these spaces with a black web-like thread.  Clinging to the floor, ceiling and walls, the thread wraps around the items and tangles through itself.  It is nearly as if ephemeral feelings and memories that seemed to fill a space are suddenly made manifest as a real and complex web.

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