Sackler Visiting Artist Makes Everyday Objects Become Art Before Your Very Eyes

Four miles of red yarn.  400 shoes.  And as many handwritten notes.  These everyday objects sound like an odd combination, but they actually turn into a dramatically artistic — and oddly emotional — living canvas at the hands of performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota.

It’s a rare treat to see her actually work on one of her intricate installations, which have been on view at venues around the globe, and DCers are getting the chance this week at Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

The installation, part of the Sackler’s contemporary art series “Perspectives,” officially opens August 30, but Shiota invites the public to view the creation of her latest work during an Aug. 18-21 public installation.

Her work explores the relationship between the human body, loss, and memory.  And you may just leave with a dramatic memory as well!


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