Treemap, 2004 (artist in residency)
Platano tree, wallpaper
During the residency in La Napoule, I noticed the infinite pattern on the old Platano tree in the courtyard. I metaphorically treated a tree as a microcosm of the world, with its fractured bark outlines acting as islands. Together, the outlines of the bark islands defining the shape and structure of the tree evoked map-like boundaries. The perfomative installation is a silent dialogue between the tree and the viewers.
by gary owen
While working on a residency in France, Nakamura metaphorically treated a small tree as a microcosm of the world, with its fractured bark outlines acting as little islands. Together, the outlines of the bark islands define the shape and structure of the tree. As she has done with real islands, Nakamura delicately etches the outlines of her bark islands into porcelain pillows. The pillows, as the place of rest and dream, bring the viewer back to the tensions between ambition and the comfort of home.