Megumi Naitoh


Composition with Skulls   2015
Porcelain, stoneware, plexiglass, plywood, 13” x 22.5” x 16.5”

“Shared digital objects
Still life objects
3D printing and modeling
Open source online resources

these represent the foundations of my current work.

Many 17th century European still life paintings express concepts of the period by the way certain objects are represented; some of these objects possess symbolism, some reflect social or cultural changes. My work evokes our cultural changes that associate with the current technology. It directly references our accessibility to 3D technology, open source software and online resources. My studio practice reflects these changes.

In the 21st century, I am virtually surrounded by many digital objects. Google 3D warehouse, Thingiverse, Autodesk Gallery are the some examples of online 3D file share sites that I often visit. I search and collect these digital objects to create my still life compositions in clay.

Orime ware was created with origami method continues to come in play in this body of work. I use this process mainly to transform digital 3D forms into physical clay forms. Orime ware is a play on the words Oribe ware and Origami. In Japanese, Orime means folded lines. Oribe ware was developed and named after the tea master, Furuta Oribe. It was a ground-breaking style of ceramics in the late 16th century in Japan. It was created and produced in an environment where the ceramics industry was going through a technical revolution specifically in kiln technology and glaze formulations. I see the connections between my origami clay forms and Oribe ware. Both were developed in the environment where technical advancements were undertaken. I am thrilled to explore the dichotomy of this basic material, clay and technology. This has been the focus and inspiration in my current practice.”

17世紀のヨーロッパの静物画はものがどう描かれているかによって時代感を表現します。これらの静物は、ヴァニタスの絵の様に寓意的な物であったり、社会的、文化的な変化を反映するシンボルでもあるのです。私の作品はこれらの絵画を参照しています。 そして、インターネット上で共有され、デジタル化した立体の静物を使用することで、現在のテクノロジーに影響され続ける私たちの文化の移行を表現しているのです。

– Megumi Naitoh

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