Naoko Yoshimoto

Naoko Yoshimoto was born 1972 in Hyogo, Japan, where she lives and works. At the Faculty of Education at Kyoto University she studied Analytical Psychology (BA)(1991-1995)and studied weaving at Kawashima Textile School (1997-2000). She researched ritualistic use of clothing and contemporary art practice in the UK as a trainee under the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs and as a trainee granted by Pola Art Foundation (2006-2008). She received Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Prize (2011).

Naoko Yoshimoto is a sculptural artist who metaphorically express hidden narratives and embedded memories by using textile. She creates a space which encourages people to listen to voices, screaming or prayer echoing in silence, suggesting presence of absence and absence of presence.

She exhibited her works in museums and galleries including solo shows at Vermont Studio Center (Vermont/USA 2010), Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Aichi/Japan 2012), group shows at Nottingham Castle (Nottingham/ UK 2004), the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Kyoto/ Japan 2005), Himeji City Museum of Art (Hyogo/Japan 2012), the National Art Center Tokyo (Tokyo/Japan 2013). Jandela Visual Art Space (Singapore 2016), Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts (Turin/ Italy 2018), fre_raum Q21 (Vienne/Austria 2019).

She collaborated with Raewyn Hill on the performance work “Flock” at the National Art Center Tokyo in 2013.