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Naomi Ota, Japanese Migrant & Artist, circa 1990

Artwork - Paper with Netting, Naomi Ota, 1995

Image: Artwork - Paper with Netting, Naomi Ota, 1995

Source: Museum Victoria

Naomi Ota is a Japanese craft artist who is now a permanent resident in Australia. She has tertiary qualifications in the visual arts specialising in fibre work and has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Kyoto and Melbourne. Before migrating to Melbourne she worked as an art teacher, lecturer, artist and curator in Japan.

Her work draws on Japanese aesthetic and technical traditions including weaving and the Yuzen technique of hand dying silk. However the free flowing forms of her work challenge this traditional aesthetic. She draws inspiration for her work from the natural environment, working with materials such as branches, leaves, fur, wool and silk. The Australian landscape has had a strong influence on Naomi's work since she migrated to Australia.

References
Deborah Tout-Smith & Anna Malgorzewicz (1992). Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project. MoV and Monash Uni History Dept

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