Naomi Nakama, Genome



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 enliven her painted surfaces.

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. Re-energised by these influences and experiences, on her subsequent return to NZ Nakama resolved to focus on her art and jewellery making practice. Nakama returned to Japan indefinitely in 2021 and created her Genome series in her new hometown of Aira, Kagoshima.