Naomi Akimoto

Naomi Akimoto prefers to work with the traditional material of clay. For her, this natural material has its own life. It offers her the possibility to form it with her hands, thereby allowing emotions, energy and thoughts to flow in without ruling out the accidental. She controls her work process on the boundary between chance and control.
Another important element in her work is the interplay between inner and outer. The inner spaces of her sculptures often consist of peculiar structures and play as important a role as the outer space.
Drawing for Naomi Akimoto is on the one hand, an important preparatory tool for her objects and installations, and on the other, a means of independent artistic expression.
Text: Jutta Saum M.A., Dr. Katja Schlenker and Naomi Akimoto
Translation: Heather Allen

born in Osaka, Japan
1990 Diploma at Kyoto University of Art and Design (Sculpture), Japan
1991-1995 Employment in public schools and private museum, Japan
1997-2003 Studies at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf (Sculpture), Germany   (2001 Masterstudent, 2003 Diploma)
since 2003 lives and works in Duesseldorf, Germany
since 2000 Teaching, ceramics, Hetjens-Museum, Duesseldorf
2009-2018 Participant in NRW-Landesprogramm culture and school
2015 Workshop, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
since 2015 Teaching, ceramics, Kunstakademie Duesseldorf
2022 Plan.d. Artist association Gallery (with K.Kough), Duesseldorf, GE
2021 JDZB (with Claudia Schmacke) Berlin, GE
2020 Kunstraumno.10 (with Ingrid Pusch) Moenchengladbach, GE (c)
2020 TKW Koeln (with Claudia Robles Angel), Koeln, GE (c)
2018 projektart Gallery (with Sabine Odensass), Bielefeld, GE
2018 offroom 8, Duesseldorf, GE (c)
2018 Municipal gallery Kaarst (with Sabine Odensass), Kaarst, GE
2017 Artist association onomato (with Claudia Robles Angel), Duesseldorf, GE
2016 Artist association Trier, Trier, GE
2015 Gedok Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, GE
2014 Kunstraumno.10 (with Christa Walters), Moenchengladbach, GE (c)
2013 Stammhaus K, Essen, GE
2013 Gallery Konrad Moenter, Meerbusch-Osterath, GE
2012 Sandbauernhof (with Setsuko Ikai) Korchenbroich-Liedberg, GE
2011 Gallery The Box, Duesseldorf, GE
2011 City gallery, Altena, GE
2010 Kunstraumno. 10 (with Wonkun Jun), Moenchenbladbach, GE (c)
2007 Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Duesseldorf, GE (c)
2005 Gallery Plan.d. (with Christa von Seckendorff), GE
2000 BKG-Studio, Barmer Kunsthalle, Wuppertal, GE
Scholarship and promotion
2022 Residency scholarship, Wertingen municipality, Germany
2021 Residency scholarship,The Shigaraki ceramic cultural park, Shiga, Japan
2020 "Auf geht´s" Promotion, Ministry of Cultur and Science
Nordrhein-Westfallen, Germany
2016 Work scholarship, Artist association onomato, Duesseldorf, Germany
2015 Residency scholarship, GEDOK Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, Germany
2014 Residency scholarship, Palace Werdenberg, Buchs SG, Switzerland
2012 Promotion, Nomura Foundation, Japan
2007 Studio scholarship, culture station Eller, Duesseldorf, Germany

Group Exhibitions
(selection) (c)=catalogue
2022 Wertingen municipal Gallery, Wertingen, GE
2021 “20 Jahre“ Kunstraumno.10, Moenchengladbach, GE (c)
2021 "Im Tau des Morgens"
Hetjens-Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Duesseldorf, GE
2020 Ballhaus im Nordpark, Düsseldorf, GE
2020 "Artist`s garden" municipal museum, Siegburg, GE
2019 “Animation“ Artist association Malkasten, Düsseldorf, GE
2019 "Avant la lettre" offroom 8, Duesseldorf, GE
2019 Schlosspark Stammheim, Cologne, GE (c)
2018 Forum Kunst und Architektur, Essen, GE
2017 “Kunst 2017“ Schlosspark Stammheim, Cologne, GE(c)
2017 “onomato Stipendium" Artist association onomato, Duesseldorf, GE
2017 “Die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW”
Museum Kunstpalast,Duesseldorf,GE (c)
2016 “Kunstgaeste #3“ Kulturbunker, Cologne, GE
2016 “Kunst 2016“ Schlosspark Stammheim, Cologne, GE(c)
2016 “Klassentreffen“ Schloss Reuschenberg, Neuss, GE (c)
2016 “15 Jahre“ Kunstraumno.10, Moenchengladbach, GE (c)
2015 “Sammlung-Jahrhundertgaben“ Weltraum, Munich, GE
2015 “Doerfler“ Werft 77 Artist association, Duesseldorf, GE
2015 “5/7 Weltraum“ Rathausgalerie, Munich, GE
2015 “GEDOK 2015“ Hafenschuppen 6, Luebeck, GE
2014 "Schlossmediale" Werdenberg, Switzerland (c)
2014 "11 Japanese Artists in NRW" federal state parliament NRW, GE (c)
2014 "red and more" St. Peter an der Sperr, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
"die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW" Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf (c)
2013 "Forum akutuell Kunst" Burg Vischering, Luedinghausen, GE
2013 "8. international ceramic biennale", Kapfenberg, Austria (c)
2013 "Love - Just a chemical reaction?" Factory-Art gallery, Berlin, GE
2012 "on to red" BBK Artist association Galerie der Kuenstler, Munich, GE (c)
2012 "Gast-Arbeiten" Nadelfabrik, Kulturwerk Aachen Artist association, Aachen, GE
2012 "Luft" Cabinett, Duesseldorf
2011 "Objekte und Skulpturen" Schlosspark-Stammheim, Cologne, GE (c)
2011 "Invitation - 10 years" Kunstraumno.10, Moenchengladbach, GE (c)
2011 "The ideal man" Artoll, Badburg-Hau, GE (c)
2010 "KRR 9. Skulpturen Ausstellung" Schlosspark-Stammheim, Cologne, GE (c)
2010 "Hunten Kunst" Doetinchen, the Netherlands
2009 "Trendwaende 2009" Kunstraum, Duesseldorf (c)
2008 "Frauen bei Olympia" Frauen Museum, Bonn, GE (c)
2007 "2. Schwarzenberger Kunstpreis: art-figura" Museum Schloss Schwarzenberg (c)
2006 "EN-kUNST 2006" Kluterthoehle, Ennepetal, GE (c)
2005 "die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW" Messe Duesseldorf (c)
2005 "Maerkisches Scholarship for fine arts-Sculpture" City gallery, Iserlohn, GE
2005 "Promotion Award" Foundation for art and culture municipal bank, Magdeburg, GE
2004 "die Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW" Museum Kunstpalast, Duesseldorf, GE (c)
2002 "Emprise Art Award 2002" NRW Forum, Duesseldorf, GE (c)
2002 "7. Biennale Kleinplastik Hilden" House Hildener Kunstler, Hilden, GE (c)
2001 "Emprise Art Award 2001" NRW Forum, Duesseldorf, GE (c)
2001 "International Art Award" Orangerie in palace Brake, Lemgo, GE
2001 "Transit" warehouse Art space, Nagoya, Japan (c)
2001 "Ausfahrt" Artist association Oberhausen, GE
2000 "Water" Museum de St. Paul de Vence, France
„Vermehrung / reproduction“
a piece of work a. 6-10 cm, turned, modeled and burned, glazed photo: Dohyun Kim
Naomi Akimoto, Keramik, Installation
ohne Titel / untiteled
turned, modeled and burned,clay, glazed
Naomi Akimoto, Keramik
Nest (am Meer) / nest (by the sea)
turned, modeled and burned,clay, glazed photo: Naomi Akimoto
Naomi Akimoto, Keramik
Stimmloser Chor gedrehter und gebrannter Ton, glasiert
Naomi Akimoto
A. Backstein gedrehter und gebrannter Ton, glasiert
Naomi Akimoto
ohne Titel / untiteled
modeled and burned clay, glazed, a piece of work 14 x 14 x 8 cm, ca. 90 piecies photo: Dohyun Kim
Naomi Akimoto, Keramik, Installation

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