Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
January 7 – February 19, 2012
Impasse Beaubourg, 75003 Paris
+33 1 42 72 14 10

In the wake of her widely noted exhibition at the Maison Rouge in spring 2011, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota has returned to Paris to exhibit at Galerie Daniel Templon. She is showing a monumental installation designed especially for the gallery's Impasse Beaubourg space.

Chiharu Shiota combines performance, body art and installations in a process that places the body at the centre of her sculptural work. She studied with Marina Abramovic in Hamburg in the 1990s. Her artistic language was influenced by pioneering artists Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Ana Mendieta, both in terms of physical experimentation and the focus on the unconscious, and the choice of delicate materials like fabrics and thread, traditionally associated with femininity.

Chiharu Shiota began creating her series of installations made of tangled threads in 1996. The installations turn the work of art into an extension of her own absent body, mirroring a spider's web. The artist weaves vast structures in black wool thread that imprison various evocative objects, such as musical instruments, dolls' dresses, shoes and beds. These objects are floating and liberated from their primary purpose, conjuring up poetic and moving images for the viewer. They call forth memories and emphasise absences.

“The threads are interwoven into each other. Get entangled. Are torn apart. And disentangle themselves. It is like a mirror of feeling,” writes Chiharu Shiota of her signature creations.