Unique images, hand crafted, sculptural objects are the focus of Naohiro Maeda‘s series Origami-grams. These soft cyanotypes hold organic and structured shapes and textures, playing with light and shadow. Maeda’s idea that these are memory keepers posited an interesting theory. How do we transfer our own notion onto an abstract pattern, like a rorschach test.
These photographs are portraits of origami as a memory keepers. I bent, tore, arranged and rearranged origamis and noted became aware that they held the memory of my actions in their delicate small thin physical shapes. The resulting images can appear both two- and three- dimensional, playing with the viewer’s perceptions of flatness and space in both the subject and picture plane.
This series was created using cyanotype materials, colored pencils, and origami papers similar to those I played with as a child in Japan. As an artist who works primarily in digital photography and Photoshop, I particularly enjoyed working with my hands to create these one-off images.
We asked Naohiro about his Atelier experience –
Which of these images was the impetus for this series? How did it inform how you completed the series?
What do you hope we as viewers take away from viewing your work?
I hope I can deliver some sense of musicality and tranquility in images.
How the Atelier has helped you hone your vision as an artist?
I have challenges for reviewing/editing my own work and finding a direction to construct a portfolio. Meg and classmates kindly guided me thorough the portfolio making process.
Tell us what is next for you creatively.
I have an ongoing project of landscape photos and new one with abstract.
About Naohiro Maeda –
Naohiro Maeda is an artist from Japan who resides in Salem, MA. He investigates psychological landscapes and collective memories through photographic practices. His works were have been exhibited in the United States, United Kingdom and Russia, including the Griffin Museum of Photography and The Curated Fridge, and featured in The Boston Globe. He is represented by AREA gallery in Boston.
To see more of Naohiro Maeda‘s photography log onto his website.