Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota is internationally recognized for her large-scale installation art using red or black threads, which represents life and her will to seek presence in absence. Adachi proudly announced that her first three woodcut prints, "Connected to the Universe," were completed.

The universe inside and surrounds us is connected with her red threads as "Red Waves," "Red Lines," and "Red Circles." The red threads of memory woven by Ms. Shiota are fully expressed in this work with soft yet vivid colors unique to woodcut printing.
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Special display of Chiharu Shiota’s woodcut prints
Period:1/26/2024(Fri)~ 2/3/2024(Sat)
【Closed:Sundays, Mondays and National Holidays】
Hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. / Saturdays 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Admission:Free
Place:Adachi Tokyo Showroom (About 10 minutes walk from JR Mejiro St.)

Chiharu Shiota Connected to the Universe -Red Waves, Red Lines, Red Circles-

Limited edition:120 each work
Dimension of image: 41.0 × 27.0 cm
Type of print:Woodcut print
Paper used:Echizen kizuki hosho washi (produced by living national treasure Ichibei Iwano)
Year of production:2023
Supervision:The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing
Production:The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

Carving process

A brade of a carver's knife gives birth to Shiota's red threads

A carver freely carves lines on the hard woodblock made of mountain cherry with his sharp carving knife. He carves the life of Ms. Shiota's red threads into the woodblocks.

Printing process

Ms. Shiota's brilliant red color is born from washi papers and watercolors

The vivid yet warm colors are unique to Japanese woodcut printing. Ms. Shiota's bright red color is born from embedding particles of pigment in the fibers of washi paper made from paper mulberry with the baren rubbing pad.

<p>Chiharu Shiota (1972- )</p>

Born in Osaka, 1972. Currently based in Berlin.
Shiota’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion which she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death and relationships. She explores this sensation of a ‘presence in the absence’ with her installations, but also presents intangible emotions in her sculptures, drawings, performance videos, photographs and canvases. 
In 2008, she was awarded with ‘the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists, Japan’. In 2015, Shiota was selected to represent Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale. She received the 61st Mainichi Art Award in 2020.
Her work has been displayed at international institutions worldwide including the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo (2021); Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (2020); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2019); Art Gallery of South Australia (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK (2018); the Museum of Art, Kochi (2013); and the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008) among others. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions. 

Chiharu Shiota Uncertain Journey, 2016/2019
Installation view: Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019 
Photo: Sunhi Mang, Photo Courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
©JASPAR, Tokyo, 2024 and Chiharu Shiota