Flood (Neckpiece), 2015
photo by Jeremy Dillon
Naoko Inuzuka is a visual artist, a jeweller and an educator.
Naoko's art practice is both conceptual and personal, based on her experiences and ideas about migration. She arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 from Japan, and her on-going theme is on the idea of 'a place of belonging'. She uses enamel on metals for her creations, to be wearable on a body or installed in a gallery. She has exhibited her works nationally as well as internationally, in the US, Spain, the Netherlands, Estonia and Japan.
Naoko is also a director of a sunday Japanese community class/school, Aozora Shokudo (Blue-sky Cafeteria) at CERES in Brunswick East in Melbourne. After experiencing as a homeroom teacher and a curriculum coordinator at a bilingual school, she decided to create a place for children including Japanese background to feel connected within a community through creative activities and sharing food, in Japanese.