Naomi Nakama works in line with the Japanese Wabi-sabi aesthetic which values impermanence, asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, intimacy and appreciation of the intrinsic nature of materials and processes. She works intuitively and instinctively, embracing the chance effects of her materials to build richly textured surfaces. Nakama juxtaposes colour and texture with figurative elements and sometimes collage or assemblage in order to ‘agitate the air’ on the painted surface.
Born in Japan, Naomi Nakama moved to New Zealand with her family at the age of ten. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Arts with a BFA in 2003, she returned to Japan to re-connect with the Japanese culture and spent some time working in special effects make up, assisting Tomoo Haraguchi on the horror film “Ashurajou no Hitomi”. Re-energised by these influences and experiences, on her subsequent return to NZ Nakama resolved to focus on her art practice.