Noriko Nakamura is a graduate of Victoria College of the Arts (Melbourne) and Central Saint Martins College (London) predominantly recognised for her limestone carving sculptural installations. The artist’s practice is influenced by Shinto Animism, which is a Japanese indigenous religion.
“Animism is the belief that the boundary between the physical and spiritual is not absolute, but can be transgressed. According to this idea a spiritual force resides in all things; animals, objects, even landscapes. My work uses stone carving and organic elements to make installations drawing on ideas of animism and ritualistic practices.
The influence of these beliefs can be seen in Japanese everyday customs. I have been living in Australia for the past 10 years, however I still remember these cultural differences and they inspire my art.”