Sound Works

Naomi Kashiwagi is an award-winning artist who produces sound works, installations, performances and works on paper, that draw upon her cultural heritage, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, British and Japanese. Drawing is central to Kashiwagi’s practice and she makes drawings using a range of media including diamonds, typewriters, gramophones and pianos, as well as graphite and pen.

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Graphite, shellac record

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Graphite, shellac record

My art practice playfully provokes the fringes of disciplines and genres, the intersections and impacts of visual art, music and everyday life upon one another and the cyclical nature of obsolescence and technological innovation. I explore the potential of things beyond their prescribed uses by poetically transforming their utilitarian and conceptual function.

I produce works on paper, sound works, installations and performances, that draw upon my cultural heritage, an intrinsic fusion of two cultures, British and Japanese. Drawing is central to my practice and I make drawings using a range of media including diamonds, typewriters, gramophones and pianos, as well as graphite and pen.

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Graphite, Shellac Record, Record Sleeve

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Graphite, Shellac Record, Record Sleeve

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Steel Needle, Shellac Record

Naomi Kashiwagi: Record Drawing, Steel Needle, Shellac Record

My sound and performance works are also drawing: drawing with and out sound. Gramophonica involves live gramophone glitching, manually maintained looping and mechanical beat making and matching by playing re-appropriated 78rpm records on a wind-up gramophone. This form of gramophone turntablism reinvents the uses of obsolete mechanical musical hardware. I extract unexpected sounds and musical fragments from existing music from 78rpm records using tactile techniques. This includes cutting electrical tape and applying it in radiating strips to records to create additional tactile layers that create percussive discordances and unexpected harmonies as the steel needle staggers or glides across the discreetly undulating strips of electrical tape. I also make my own DIY self-amplifying styluses to capture otherworldly inherent sounds.

Naomi Kashiwagi: Gramophonica

Naomi Kashiwagi: Gramophonica

Naomi Kashiwagi: Gramophonica (post-performance record) , Record, Steel Needle, Masking Tape, Shellac Record

Naomi Kashiwagi: Gramophonica (post-performance record) , Record, Steel Needle, Masking Tape, Shellac Record

Artist portrait : Naomi Kashiwagi – Alexandra Arts – Another Story Production from Alexandra Arts on Vimeo.

Piano String Drawings and Piano Hammer Drawings are drawings/musical scores and performance remnants. I transform the piano into a drawing instrument. I create the Piano String Drawings by placing manuscript paper over the piano strings and creating gestural marks on the stave with ink. The marks on the manuscript paper appear as a flurry of chaotic pen marks invoking frantic noise at the edge of blank manuscript paper. I create the Piano Hammer Drawings by placing the paper and carbon paper behind the piano hammers and infront of the piano strings. The sounds that are generated echo the process of drawing. The drawings are visual imprints of an absent, transient performance.

Naomi Kashiwagi: Piano String Drawing

Naomi Kashiwagi: Piano String Drawing

Naomi Kashiwagi: Piano Hammer Drawing 8

Naomi Kashiwagi: Piano Hammer Drawing 8

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www.naomikashiwagi.co.uk

All images copyright and courtesy of Naomi Kashiwagi

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