So, as you probably know I have been a bit quiet of lately. I’ve had a well deserved holiday exploring the south of The Netherlands. I traveled through Amsterdam to Utrecht, Eindhoven, Helmond, Nijmagen and Arnham and have fallen head over heals for the country! Visiting many galleries and museums including the obligatory Rijkmuseum, of course. However, my favorite of the week was at The Museum Of Modern Art, Arnhem…
I was lucky enough to arrive in Arnhem on the last day of the exhibition called Threads: Textile In Art & Design. A multidisciplinary exhibition exploring more than 20 international artists and designers who experiment with the medium of thread and textiles.
Among others the work of Julie Cockburn and Chiharu Shiota caught my eye. Julie Cockburn is a London based artist who embellishes found photographs using delicately applied threads. Her work takes second hand objects and, using creativity, imbues them with beauty, colour and value. When I saw her small scale works from the other side of the room I was instantly captivated.
Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota’s installation titled “Life Of Thread” is an imposing web of stretched threads which creates a tension and labyrinth that is intended to represent the different life choices we have to make at different intersections throughout life. Chiharu’s work centers around the theme of memory, dreams and fear.
As well as being a secure cocoon it certainly made me feel anxious, as if you would get sucked in if you walked too close to the web. In the center of the web there is a vintage sewing machine that seems to be creating the thread, showing that perhaps sometimes our choices and thoughts can become entangled and complicated.