This past weekend I explored the amazing exhibits at the Mattress Factory (www.mattress.org) in Pittsburgh. So much inspiration! My favourite exhibit was this one by Chiharu Shiota (www.chiharu-shiota.com) called “Trace of Memory”.
The first image shows a wedding dress hanging in a room, trapped in mid-air by the complex web of yarn and remembrances. The second image shows the artist capturing a pile of books, knowledge and learning, in the interlacing yarn.
The Mattress Factory explains the exhibit:
Chiharu Shiota (b. 1972) is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. 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 anxiety. Shiota explores the relationship between waking life and memories through hauntingly beautiful installations that incorporate everyday objects like shoes, pianos and hospital beds encased in webs of yarn. Stretched in multi-layers in a gallery space, Shiota weaves disorienting cocoons of black yarn that reflect the artist’s desire to ‘draw in the air’.