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Naoe Suzuki

Country(activity based):
United States
Genre:
Visual Art

Profile

Born in 1967, Tokyo, Japan. Graduated with MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1997. Suzuki is interested in water and its therapeutic qualities, how it sustains all life forms on earth, and the way it is exploited and abused. She is primarily a drawer, but her practice extends beyond drawing including laser cutting in the most recent years. Her recent solo exhibitions include "In Solidarity" at University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA; "The River" at the VanDernoot Gallery at Lesley University of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA; "Blue" at Kiniznik Gallery, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. In 2016, Suzuki was an Artist in Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and she collaborated with researchers on her projects. In 2017, Suzuki will present the work conceived and completed during her residency at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

About works / performance

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Water, is Taught by Thirst (WHITE), Central Adirondacks 2015
Laser cut paper, mat board and glue on paper
Photo: Naoe Suzuki


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Water, is Taught by Thirst (WHITE), Greater Boston 2015
Laser cut paper, mat board and glue on paper. Spray paint on the back. 24"x 36"
Photo: Naoe Suzuki


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Faresell: Love, Sunshine 2015
Mineral pigment, watercolor, laser cut paper, mat board, typewriter ink and glue on paper 30"x 22"
Photo: Stewart Clements



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Farewell: From Apopka to Little Tupper 2015
Mineral pigment, walnut ink, laser cut paper, mat board, typewriter ink and glue on paper 30"x 22"
Photo: Stewart Clements



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Flow: art project investigating our relationship with water 2015 - ongoing
Mixed media on tea stained Japanese papers, typewriter, desk and chair
Size variable (Photographed at the Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. 2016)
Photo: Emily Edwards



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Flow: art project investigating our relationship with water 2015 - ongoing
Mixed media on tea stained Japanese papers, typewriter, desk and chair
Size variable (Photographed at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA. 2016)
Photo: Naoe Suzuki

Comment

My artistic practice is driven by my interest in water. I’m primarily a drawer, but my practice extends beyond drawing. Drawing, to me, is a tool for thinking. I take great pleasure in thinking through drawing. Through thinking, imagination arises. My concern for environmental degradation, especially water, inspires my recent bodies of work. I let my imagination and intuition take over in the process, believing that imagination is a key to tap into a deep place in our mind. I draw on paper with mineral pigments applied by brush. Recent experiments with laser cutting and archival inkjet printing have been added as vehicles to further extend my artistic investigations. My project, Water, is Taught by Thirst was created by tracing waterways from topographical maps and then laser-cutting the paper so that the waterways are removed, leaving behind a crackled, sculptural terrain with a hint of singed edges to evokes the loss.


Water is the connective tissue of our planet much as it serves in my work to connect visual elements and ideas. Utilizing the core qualities of water—flow, adaptability, and resiliency—in both methodologies and content in my work, I hope to offer the viewers a chance to meditate upon our relationships with one of our world’s most precious resources—water.

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