Naomi Falk

I have lived as shadow- Slipping in and out of existences, Learning the art of


becomes translucent refuge.

My poem declares my central awareness: animate becomes inanimate, inanimate becomes animate— body becomes object, object becomes body—as I create representations of my physical space. A shadow, a trace, is retained. It is my body, but it is not.

By weaving together memories, myths, and facts, my current work questions perception by uncovering a multiplicity and layering of truths. I hope to provoke a subtly skewed awareness of the ordinary, and to deepen an understanding of physical and psychological relationships to place.

Recently, I have been working much more in multiples, using found objects, fibers, plaster press molds, or my hands. Questions I have been exploring include: In what ways do collections of objects simultaneously reference individual experiences while also creating larger portraits? We yearn to measure the intangibles of experience. How might memories and emotions translate into physical objects? Individual pieces reference individual experiences. When put together, they become a powerful human collective.

Through performance, video, sculpture, and text, I explore the distance between physical and psychological space. I interpret the impact of social events and their dynamics by delineating presence, absence, action, and reaction. These processes mark a passage in time and place; through them I construct an identity and awareness of the present.


Naomi Falk has a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Michigan State University and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited regionally and nationally, and has done artist residencies in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony and chaNorth in New York, and Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland. Currently, Falk is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art & Art History Department at The College of William & Mary.