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Artist Chiharu Shiota spins an ethereal web inside London’s Blain|Southern Gallery

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota has transformed the interiors of London gallery Blain|Southern into a colossal web for her show, Me Somewhere Else.

The exhibition is Berlin-based Shiota’s first at the gallery’s London outpost and features an ethereal site-specific installation and sculptures made with her signature blood-red yarn. Shiota has knotted the material to create a colossal net that’s been suspended from the gallery ceiling for the show’s titular piece.

 

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This undulating web appears like a ghostly archangel in the space and is tethered to the earth by a pair of feet, cast by Shiota in her studio.

‘I feel that my body is connected to the universe but is my consciousness as well?’ says Shiota. ‘When my feet touch the earth, I feel connected to the world, to the universe that is spread like a net of human connections, but if I don’t feel my body anymore where do I go? Where do I go when my body is gone? When my feet do not touch the ground anymore.’

Chiharu Shiota, ‘Me Somewhere Else’ runs until 19 January at 4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP

Chiharu Shiota, 'Me Somewhere Else' installation view. Courtesy of the arttist and Blain|Southern. Photography: Peter Mallet
Chiharu Shiota, ‘Me Somewhere Else’ installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Blain|Southern. Photography: Peter Mallet
Chiharu Shiota, 'Me Somewhere Else' installation view. Courtesy of the arttist and Blain|Southern. Photography: Peter Mallet
Chiharu Shiota, ‘Me Somewhere Else’ installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Blain|Southern. Photography: Peter Mallet

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