Nami Yamamoto mainly creates pieces using paper cuts. She received her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art / Mount Royal Graduate School of Art in 2001 and her BFA from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts in Japan in 1994. She also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has won several awards for her work, including the Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2008 and the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2009. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.
Artist Statement (from her website http://namiyamamotoart.com/) :
"My artistic process is governed chiefly by an empirical investigation of the surrounding world, and translating that information into an aesthetic experience that helps me to better understand this world. Merging science and the poetic, my work begins with an informal perusal of the environment, collecting odd bits of natural and man made ephemera or noticing some natural phenomenon. My studio serves as forum and laboratory to investigate these questions and propose answers that take the form of drawings and installations."