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Artist Statement

I'm a multidisciplinary artist who’s fascinated with the visual and spatial patterns of nature, specifically in leaves, lichen, fungus and invertebrate life. I explore these patterns through paint, design, and movement; painting being my primary discipline.

I’m very interested in the way patterns repeat in plants and animals; from the freckle pattern on the skin of an octopus to the repetitive shapes of a hundred lily pads together in a pond. Patterns being so varied in design and existing absolutely everywhere in nature, the universality of that, intrigues me conceptually.

Each piece that I create celebrates the lines, colors and intimate spaces of a natural organism or collection of organisms in their environment.

Bio

Naomi had the good fortune of being raised in a family full of creative people, her earliest memories include making beautiful things any way she could. In 2006, she earned her BFA from the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point in Art & Design with a minor in Dance, exhibiting and performing throughout her time there.

After graduation, she moved to Vancouver, WA, where she danced for several years with local groups and exhibited numerous paintings while working professionally as a web designer. She moved to Duluth, MN, in 2010 and continued to pursue opportunities in performance and exhibition while working as a graphic designer. She performed in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of A Chorus Line in 2012, and in Dances on the Lakewalk in 2013-2018 (choreographing for the show 2016-2018)In 2016, she had the opportunity to craft a solo exhibition through the Duluth Art Institute at the Depot, Pattern Conspiracy, which featured her paintings, dances, fabric designs and costume designs.

In 2018, she transitioned from working primarily in graphic design to a full-time focus on art. She enjoys pursuing both visual and performance art in her career, and finds that they feed off of and into one other. When her work is at its best, (whether it's illustration, design, choreography or painting) it is playful, colorful and intricate. She lives with her forester husband, Clark, and cat, Mel Tormé, in Duluth.