THREAD ENVIRONMENTS BY CHIHARU SHIOTA

by Ariadna Zierold

chiharu shiota, berlin, germany, japanese, performance, installation, thread, environments, red, weaved, weave, upper playground

Berlin, Germany based Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. She weaves human-size webs from thread, turning entire galleries into labyrinthine environments and often enclosing personal objects or even herself.

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Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress or a lady’s mackintosh.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL AURAS BY MAURIZIO ANZERI

by Ariadna Zierold

maurizio anzeri, embroidery, embroidered, sew, sewn, vintage, photographs, pattern, patterns, antique, thread, stitched, upper playground

London based Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

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