The Easel

Archives: John McDonald

28th June 2022

Forget the masters, this artist’s work is breathtaking. We need more shows like it

Shiota’s work presents a challenge to the critic. Can her other-worldly installations be linked to Duchamp, or maybe Marina Abramović? Or are they just the workings of an offbeat imagination? Whatever, her large intricate “webs” of coloured wool are arresting visualizations of the relationship between mind and body. Having previously been featured at the Venice Biennale, her work combines “high theatricality with a sense of intimacy [while] the shadow of death is everywhere”.