Chiharu Shiota’s first exhibition at Blain|Southern London @blainsouthern centres around a new site-specific installation, along with sculpture and works on canvas.

In the titular installation, Me Somewhere Else, Shiota creates a vast net of yarn, which is suspended from the gallery ceiling and connected to the floor by a cast of the artist’s feet.

 

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The blood red of the yarn is laden with symbolism, from the neural pathways in the human brain to the connections that bind us together.

First View: Chiharu Shiota’s first exhibition at Blain | Southern London

‘I feel that my body is connected to the universe but is my consciousness as well? 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.’ – with Me Somewhere Else Shiota seeks to examine the idea that human consciousness could exist independently of the body, somewhere beyond – somewhere else.

Chiharu Shiota
Me Somewhere Else
28 November 2018 – 19 January 2019
Blain|Southern London

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