Chiharu Shiota - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Home is where the heart is. When I see a house I can read its memory and there I find traces of human existence — Chiharu Shiota

    Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s intricate, immersive thread installations explore the connections between past and present, object and memory. Unfulfilled by her training as a painter, she began working with woven yarn after a strange dream during a year-long stay in Australia: ‘I was part of a three-dimensional painting and couldn’t breathe, because I was covered in paint. [...] After that I knew I had to create art using my body.’ [1] One restless day back in Germany she began spinning black wool around herself. It became a way to create spaces with different meanings: with black wool Shiota reconstructed the night sky or the cosmos, whilst red wool became a way of visualising human connections and relationships.


    Explaining that “[human skin] is the first skin, the dress is the second skin, and the house is the third skin”, Shiota’s creations trigger deep memories of infancy, of lives previously lived and experiences carried by individuals throughout their lifetimes. [2] State of Being (Puppet House) has particular personal significance for Shiota, embodying fond memories of playing with dolls and puppets in her childhood home.


    [1] Chiharu Shiota, quoted in Martin Orth, ‘“I had a dream”: How Berlin-based Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota is enchanting the art world’,, 4 February 2019, online

    [2] Chiharu Shiota, quoted in Galerie Templon Brussels, ‘Inaugural Show By Chiharu Shiota’, YouTube, 25 September 2013, online






    • Provenance

      Galerie Templon, Brussels
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Brussels, Galerie Templon, Chiharu Shiota: House, 19 September - 30 October 2013


State of Being (Puppet House)

signed 'Chiharu Shiota' on the reverse
black thread, puppet house
34.6 x 60 x 50 cm. (13 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)
Executed in 2013.

Full Cataloguing

HK$200,000 - 300,000 

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021