Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota creates gripping installations that play off of the intrinsic spookiness of cobwebs. Shiota takes objects-wooden chairs, hospital beds, musical instruments, a woman’s dress-and shrouds them in a thick, dark web of thread. Her art, which she's been producing for more than a decade, and which is currently on display at the Museum of Art, Kochi, in Japan, emphasizes how the accretion of cobwebs marks time. It makes you wonder: Who sat here last before the first strand was spun? It also nicely realizes the metaphorical way we talk about cobwebs clouding memories. What did the front door look like on the house where you grew up? The picture you produce is likely to appear as obscured as the white dress in the image below.
Images via Flickr, courtesy of See-ming Lee, Lux & Jourik, and Jesus Encinar.
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