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M.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art; B.S., San Diego State University
Megumi Naitoh teaches in ceramics as well as 3D foundation courses. Megumi is actively engaged in the professional field exhibiting nationally and internationally. Her work has been in the collection of Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., and Gauldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center as well as private collectors in the US. Megumi has developed and created the ECAR (Emmanuel College Artist in Residence) program in 2010. She is currently the director of the program. This program offers educational opportunities to students, enriches the culture on campus, as well as supporting professional artists. She partnered with Mass. College of Art to develop Study Abroad program in Japanese ceramics to offer International experience to students. This program was offered in Spring 2012, and will be offered again in 2015.
Orime ware (2011-present)
Orime ware is a play on the words Oribe ware and Origami. In Japanese, Orime means folded lines. These functional pieces were developed using both 3D modeling software and paper constructions like Origami.
Oribe ware was named after the tea master Furuta Oribe and was a ground-breaking style of ceramics developed in 16th century 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 in the Mino and Seto areas. Its bold and playful forms and motifs on the surfaces were often abstract and geometric. This was the result of incorporating a variety of influences from the West with the latest trends in Japan such as Tsujigahara (Japanese textile design).
I see connections between my functional ware and Oribe ware. There is a similarity in the geometric visual elements that both explore. Both were also developed in an environment where technical advancements were undertaken. Combining technology and labor-intensive handmade processes has been a major consideration in my studio practice. Orime ware was developed with this relationship in mind.
LOGIN COMMUNITY, virtual life, real life (2009-2011)
Since 2001, I have been interested in Roman mosaics and their narrative depiction of daily life. I am intrigued by how the mosaics consisted of small pixel like squares that were structured in a non-grid, free form manner. I responded to the Roman mosaics by creating portraits with visible pixels. The tightly configured grid structure of the digital pixilated portraits is contrasted against the more free-formed Roman mosaic aesthetic. The portraits are abstracted and made indefinite by pixilation and present anonymity. The landscape format, size, and frames reference smart phones or computer monitors and suggest Internet communication and online activities.
My work references mosaics and tile murals. My main interest in online activities continues to manifest in this series, exploring the relationship between technology and our lives. In 2007, I became concerned with Second Life, a 3D virtual world/login community. Second Life is created by its residents and inhabited by millions of users from around the globe who create many communities for entertainment, friendship, education, businesses, etc. Although users can express their identities by creating custom avatars, the environment is established to keep the residents' anonymity. Anonymous blogs, forums, and social sites are a new way of social interaction. They are quite unique to our contemporary lives. By creating two vantage points and presenting images from both the real and virtual worlds in one piece, the work expresses the integration of real life and virtual life, and how we quickly weave through these two worlds on a daily basis.
What I Love About Emmanuel:
Small community, located in the heart of Boston.
Ceramics and Print
New edition, A&C Black/UPP handbook, U.K., 2013
500 Prints in Clay
Work featured, Lark Craft, 2013
Group exhibitions (recent)