Naoko Ito

“During the LES Studio Program, my neighbors and the neighborhood around the studio always inspired me and had a profound affect on my creative process.”
In my artwork, I document contemporary scenes and explore how to bring about situations to observe the delicate relationship between nature and what is human-made in our society, to rearrange conventional thoughts and rules, to question rational categorization and to devise fresh aesthetics. My passion is to create environments using the specific characteristics of materials to convey philosophical insights. Specifically, I investigate questions regarding today’s highly technological world and how we operate in it. Incorporating materials such as glass jars, books, wire and wood from an urban context to create visual metaphors and to reconsider perspectives, I make interdisciplinary surroundings that shift between architecture and design and blur boundaries that reflect social consciousness, interactivity and human experience.