Megumi Naitoh

Artist Statement

Shared digital objects

Still life objects

Digital 3D modeling

Open source software and online resources

Origami

Clay

These represent the foundations of my current sculptural work.

17th century European still life paintings revealed how the artists lived, or showed their thoughts or the environment they lived in. Some of these objects in the paintings possess symbolism, some reflect social, cultural changes. My work evokes our cultural changes that affected by the current technology. It directly references our accessibility to 3D printing, modeling 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 123D catch gallery are 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.

-- Megumi Naitoh

Bio

Megumi Naitoh was born in Tokyo in 1972. Megumi was formally trained in ceramics in the United States receiving M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in 2000 and B.S. in Applied Arts from San Diego State University in1995. She currently resides in Boston, MA, where she and is an Associate Professor of Art at Emmanuel College. Megumi was a recipient of Brother Thomas Fellowship in 2013, NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Emerging Artist Award in 2007, The Clay Studio Solo Exhibition award in 2005, Massachusetts Cultural Grant in 2003. Her works are in the collections of Digital Craft at Manchester Metropolitan University in the U.K., Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and Gauldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Racine Art Museum, WI, Fuller Craft Museum, MA as well as private collectors in the U.S.

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