Captured In Cobwebs


Kevin Hartnett observes how the works of Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota “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.

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