I first used Naoshi’s work in a big themed group show I did at Compound gallery a few years back titled “Down the rabbit hole”.  I asked her to make an Alice in Wonderland themed piece.  The result blew my mind.  Two incredible panels constructed of brightly colored sand depicting Alice’s fear and caution of the rabbit hole.  2011 will mark her first solo show in Portland at Hellion and I couldn’t be happier.  She is a super nice person who makes happy interesting art.

  1. Name
  2. Hometown
    Iwate Japan
  3. What music are you currently listening to?
    BASEMENT JAXX、サカナクション
  4. What other artist or artists do you like?
    René François Ghislain Magritte, Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, Audrey Kawasaki, Yuichi Yokoyama, Kin Shiotani
    ルネ・マグリット、モディリアーニ、Audrey Kawasaki、横山裕一、キン・シオタニ
  5. At what age did you first start making art?
    I started to draw officially when I was 25. The starting point might be the picture I drew “Icecream walked ~ aisu ga aruita~ ”, when I was 6.  I got inspiration a lot from it and I still draw ice cream.
  6. What inspired you in the beginning and why?
    I found Kin Shiotani’s drawing at a bookstore in Shimokitazawa. He was selling his art on the street in Inokashira park and I went there to meet him. That was the turning point that started me making art. Three years later I heard he was looking for a new artist and I run for it applied even though I had only drawn rough graffitti. I was so daring back then. I am pround of myself lol.
  7. Who or what inspires you now?
    Live, manga, conte of Ramens and Tokyo03. (Conte is a short comedy. It is usually performed by a few comedians for a live audience and features a funny fictional situation.
  8. How would you describe your art to someone seeing it for the first time?
    Sunae(sand art) is still not familier, so I explain how to make it. Sometime it is easier to make it in front of people than to explain it in words.
  9. What do you think about people outside of Japan buying and seeing your art?
    I am very glad I can connect to people outside of Japan through my art. In 2009, I found a book that featured my art in a museum shop in Italy. I was deeply touched by it. Thank you for seeing and meeting my sand art in this big world.
  10. What shows, events or commercial projects do you have in the future?
    In November 2010, I have sunae workshop and exhibition in LA. In January 2011, I will be a member of the event, Japanese high-profile female creators in Nakameguro Kurasuka at the 8th gallery. In 2011, I will also have my first solo show at Hellion gallery. I’m updating more info here.
    2010年11月にロサンゼルスで開催のイベントにて展示・砂絵ワークショップ、2011年1月は目黒クラスカThe 8 th galleryの『Japanese high-profile female creators』に参加、2011年は海外で初の個展をhellion galleryで行う予定です。詳細はhttp://www.nao-shi.comに随時更新してゆきます。

translated by Aya Nakashima

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