存在様態 (髑髏) / State of Being (Skull)
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1972. Shiota graduated from Kyoto Seika University with a degree in Oil Painting of the Department of Fine Arts in 1996, and in the same year studied at HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg, followed by Braunschweig University of Art (under Marina Abramović) from 1997 to 1999, and at Berlin University of the Arts (under Rebecca Horn) from 1999 to 2000. Her works are often created with themes of “memory and loss” and “life and death”. She is known for large-scale installations in which red and black threads that reminiscent of blood vessels and hair are intricately woven in a space, tableaux and sculptures with similar threads intertwining like nets, and drawings using watercolor and charcoal. From her early performances and video works, a consistent effort can be seen to get closer to the roots of life, but in her recent works, the experience of battling cancer has made her perception of life and death more compelling. Shiota has held solo exhibitions and participated in numerous important international exhibitions in Japan and overseas. She was the representative of Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Her stage design works (2014-2018) for opera performances at the Theater Kiel (Germany) were also highly regarded. Her major collections include National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), National Museum of Art (Osaka), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa), etc., as well as Museum für Neue Kunst and the Hoffman Collection (Berlin) in Germany where she is based. Additionally, her works can be found in significant contemporary art museums and collections around the world, such as Kunsthaus Pasquart (Switzerland), Finnish National Gallery, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She was a visiting professor at Kyoto Seika University and California College of the Arts, and has been the specially appointed professor since 2020 at the Experimental Workshop (EWS) of the Graduate School of Tama Art University.