Many times, the mind tries to bury memories, either for pain or convenience. Those memories remain stored in the depths of our soul and we try to leave them there forever, hoping they never come out, reminding us of the past that one day we gave back, that time that changed us so we prefer to deceive and pretend it never happened. At the end we know that sooner or later, these memories reach us wrapped in dust and cobwebs, more dismal than before. When I see the images by Chiharu Shiota, I imagine they are memories of different people, cast aside and subtly captured by the artist. Shiota works as a catalyst for memory, he helps to wrap with cobwebs this forgotten memory, that sometime could go back with greater force to the present, where it belongs.
Source and images: ©Chiharu Shiota