How about 600 Pairs of Old Shoes?

Osaka born artist Chiharu Shiota who resides in Berlin, utilizes old and worn out items. The items give us a clue of their own individual history as well as the meaning in the installation to which they are a part of. The artist’s last work ‘Breath of the Spirit’ is composed from 600 pairs of shoes tied with a tangled red yarn. The shoes appear to be walking down the building themselves.

Wonder which roads did those shoes walked with those who wore them? Thus the artist creates a connection between the viewers and the original user of the items. The National Museum of Art in Osaka comments on Shiota’s work: “Simultaneously imparts a fear of death and the vigor of life through ordinary objects that we are completely accustomed to seeing—it is this ambiguity that makes the works so enthralling.”

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