Naomi Mcintosh – Artist
Speaking with interdisciplinary artist Naomi Mcintosh was refreshing, writes Rosie Morton. As well as fostering a deep appreciation for the wilderness that surrounds her studio at Crathie in the Cairngorms, her work calls to question our perception of space in the natural world.
Transforming 2D objects into 3D immersive installations and architectural jewellery, Naomi explores the relationship between the body, objects and space. By manipulating local wood from Logie Timber through laser cutting, steam bending and wood-turning, she crafts pieces that change as you move round them, thus plays with the shifting light and shade of the landscape.
‘I became obsessed by architectural drawing conventions to describe something that is behind you, or that you can’t see,’ says Naomi, who went from Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL to Central Saint Martins where she gained a Masters in Design. ‘It’s that discovery,’ she says, describing the source of her motivation to continually explore her craft. ‘You can think about a piece through drawing, then as it comes into three dimensions, that’s when it gets really exciting.’
Naomi works with Ruup & Form gallery, with whom she completed a project for the London Design Biennale. ‘I made a series of 21 suspended sculptures called Quiet Garden that were all named after a Scots word for the weather. It was about capturing qualities from the garden.’
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‘Her work calls to question our perception of space in the natural world’