We had the good fortune of connecting with Natsumi Goldfish and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natsumi, what are you inspired by?
It is difficult to say where my inspiration comes from because I think inspiration is part of a loop. I have always been curious and attached to the humans and the world we live, and I have been constantly thinking and asking questions to myself, to the society we belong to, and to the universe. I think that gives me inspiration in return. I am inspired by my imagination, my dreams while sleeping, and from the real society. Anything that happens around me that makes me feel “something important” becomes my inspiration. I get numerous inspirations just by living and by trying to live. If I feel I can express something meaningful about it out of many inspirations, then that will be the inspiration to my new work. It can be very small things in my private daily life at home, or something bigger like political, gender, or racial matters. My artwork is a puzzle made from those inspirations that requires the audience to get involved to keep the loop going, and someday it will come back to me again as a new inspiration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a visual artist and a painter. Although I was always interested in making things since my youth, I started to work on making art as my life job and profession about 10 years ago. Mostly I work on oil painting and drawing as my main media, but I am also always interested in exploring other media, writing, and performance as tools to deliver ideas and images in my mind. I was born in Fuchu-City in Tokyo Japan and grew up inspired by many different elements both from nature and urban city life and the Japanese traditional and local culture. I have been working on window paintings as my main series for a while now. I am interested in creating a frame/window that makes people feel another person’s existence, and a painting of an everyday life mundane object that makes the viewer discover something odd, unusual, or mysterious. I have been making artwork that could make the viewer discover other perspectives than what they see and believe what it is. I think it’s meaningful to have more work like it, that stimulates our mind, that gives flexibility in our mind, and it is my job I found in this world. I incorporate multiple everyday life subjects/spaces in my artwork such as bath tubs, fish tanks, specimens, and windows that are unique to human beings. The environment had raised her to believe in pluralism, or something close to the idea of being between and both. In 2012 I moved to Philadelphia, in the United States. In 2013 I received her BA in Art degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and soon after relocated to New York City. Today, I live and work in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and New York City.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
J. Paul Getty Museum, The MOCA, Norton Simon Museum, The Huntington Botanical Gardens, The Broad, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and more. There are great Art museums and contemporary art galleries in LA that takes days to explore. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Robert Heinlein Heinlein is an American science-fiction author, I don’t normally read many science-fictions, but I was introdced to his work in 2020 from my friend architect, and I really enjoyed his work and his perspective.