Dark Art by Chiharu Shiota

I know it’s not very ‘horror author’ of me but I’m scared of spiders.

So why, oh why, am I drawn to this? Why am I not freaked out by the very skin-crawling nature of it?

Artist Chiharu Shiota’s installation for Haunch of Venison 2010 is a breathtaking, stunning display of black yarn cocooning across entire room-scapes.

I would have to see this in person to know whether I would feel oppressed or claustrophobic (or, as mentioned above, if it made my skin crawl) but for now, I can’t help but see the beauty in the way these delicate strands stretch and create a haunting yet dreamlike (perhaps nightmarish, depending on your own phobia) environment.

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