“C’est fragile comme l’amour” Nicolas de Staël

By cloelea, Feb 20 2018

Paysage, Nicolas de Staël 1953
The Key in The Hand, Art Installation by Chiharu Shiota 2015

« L’art n’est que sentiment » Auguste Rodin.

I don’t know if all art could be defined as such but certainly Modern arts, including art jewellery, are related to the expression of feelings and ideas of a more or less philosophical nature, about what is life, what are we, why are we here and where are we going…

“Toute ma vie j’ai eu besoin de penser peinture, de voir des tableaux, de faire de la peinture pour m’aider à vivre, me libérer de toutes les impressions, toutes les sensations, toutes les inquiétudes auxquelles je n’ai jamais trouvé d’autres issues que la peinture”. Nicolas de Staël

“I was struggling so much that I once dreamt I was inside a two-dimensional painting. I began to think of possible ways to move inside the painting. I was fighting to breathe while surrounded by oil colours. this experience brought me to the point of questioning my own limitations. drawing on a two-dimensional canvas was still too limited so I began exploring with thread. weaving gave me the opportunity to expand and I feel as if I am drawing in the air on a limitless space” (Chiharu Shiota).

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese contemporary artist known for her monumental immersive installations, like The Key in the Hand (prepared for the Venice Biennale in 2015): an intricate weaving networks of red yarn, in a sort of mid-air labyrinth, with hundreds of used keys attached to it and all liked to two rustic boats (representing hands). “Red yarn is the red of blood. It’s also a symbol for relationships between people… I wanted to symbolise the hands supporting the precious key and letting it into your heart.”

“Most of my work is about the memory in absent things. For example, a space where you feel the presence of somebody who’s been there recently. Nobody’s there but their presence is there. A room with a memory.”

One of her recent work (January 2018) is an installation called Butterfly Dream at the Museum of Kyoto, Japan. “The concept of this installation is inspired by Taoism parable of Zhangzi‘s Butterfly Dream thematising the concepts of reality and illusion. It is the story about a man who dreams he is a butterfly, but when he wakes up he does not know if he is a butterfly dreaming of being human or the other way around.”

“Toute œuvre d’art est l’enfant de son temps et, bien souvent, la mère de nos sentiments.” Kandinsky

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