Chiharu Shiota: Reflection of space and time


Chiharu Shiota’s enveloping, ethereal creations give form to intangible concepts. Visit her seductive installations in ‘The Soul Trembles’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane until 3 October 2022 which is the Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date, profiling her practice of nearly 30 years.

DELVE DEEPER: The Soul Trembles in Brisbane

See the world through Shiota’s eyes…

Our first skin is human skin. Clothes make up our second skin.

If so, then isn’t our third skin made up of our living spaces — the walls, doors, and windows that surround the human body?

Chiharu Shiota

Like skin covering the body, a dress symbolises the boundary between one’s personal interior and exterior, suspending a dress in a space filled with black thread conveys a sensation of presence in absence. Shiota’s Reflection of Space and Time blends an illusory dress and the actual dress.

Chiharu Shiota, Japan/Germany b.1972 / Installation view of Reflections of Space and Time 2018/2022 in ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / White dress, mirror, metal frame, Alcantara black thread / 280 x 300 x 400cm / Commissioned by Alcantara S.p.A / © Chiharu Shiota / Photographs: N Harth and C Callistermon © QAGOMA

GOMA is the exclusive Australian venue for ‘Chiharu Shiota: The Soul Trembles’ in The Fairfax Gallery (1.1), Gallery 1.2 and the Eric & Marion Taylor Gallery (1.3), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane from 18 June – 3 October 2022.

Organised by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.