Creative Thinking Prompt: Installation Artist Chiharu Shiota
Photo credit: Sunhi Mang
Artist Chiharu Shiota uses yarn and repurposed materials to create powerful, provoking art.
The Key in the Hand 2015 at the 56th Venice Biennale
Chiharu Shiota suspends over 50,000 keys collected from world-wide donors with weaved yarn over a wooden boat. The keys represent feelings and memories while the red yarn represents lines of memory and how they relate to one another.
Creative Thinking Prompt: In what ways might you use a key besides opening a door? Brainstorm a list of possibilities of what you can do with a key. What else can a key represent? How might you incorporate keys into an art project?
To learn more about Chiharu Shiota and her work, visit:
Infinity Lines 2017 at Savannah College of Art and Design
That mistake is not a mistake. It’s art!
Creative Thinking Prompt: Oopsy Doopsy! Many artists start out their projects with a specific end goal. Often that original idea is altered by a mistake that occurs during the art process. Many artists use that mistake to turn their projects into a work of art that the artist could not have imagined otherwise.
Try your hand at turning mistakes into works of art. Remember art is not perfectionism; it’s about expression.
1) Crumple up a piece of paper. Unfold it. Outline some of the folds. Using those lines, create an image.
2) Make a tear (or a few tears) in a piece of paper. Create an art piece, incorporating the tear into your art.
3) Drop a blob of paint on a piece of paper and smear it with your finger. After it dries, incorporate the paint blob into an art image.
4) Take discarded paper and rip it into shreds. Using those shreds, arrange them to form a picture.
Think Deeper: What other mistakes can you think of that you can recreate into a work of art?
We’ve all used discarded toilet paper rolls to make them into crafts. This artist, Şakir Gökçebağ, uses the whole roll of toilet paper to create art.
“Finding the poetry in the everyday” is where Gökçebağ finds his inspiration.
To see more toilet paper art and this photo, visit: http://sandsof.com/2012/11/12/using-toilet-paper-to-create-beautiful-abstractions-in-trans-layers-by-sakir-gokcebag/
To view more of Şakir Gökçebağ work, visit http://sakirgokcebag.com/HomePage.aspx
Creative Thinking Prompt: Pick an everyday object such as toothpicks or popsicle sticks and turn it into a piece of art.