Naomi Friend
  • Female
  • Story City, IA
  • United States
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Arts Ministry, Digital Imagery, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Liturgical Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
Artist / Personal Statement
The world we live in is delightful, and sometimes disturbing. The expanse of a Midwest sky, the quality of the ever changing light and wind, is something we are never far from. The single detail of a winter birdsong stands out against the vast expanse of Iowa. We are entrusted with this great community.
It is out of this appreciation that I create my artwork. I long for fulfilling relationships and steadfast community in a world of the temporary. More than only human relationships, I wish for wholesome interactions with the land that brings us our livelihood and so much satisfaction.
We can be demanding tenants of our earth. I am searching for ways to bring life into balance.
The artwork I create acts as a parallel space for contemplation and reflection. By considering imagery in each parallel world I create, I can see myself within a new context, and this helps change how I see myself. I hope others will see themselves in a new way as well. The art is intended to be more than an act of simple meditation, but a spur or catalyst. I hope to create a space for dialogue to get to know our disconnection from our land, and hopefully, to change it.
Accomplishments / CV
Masters Degree from Iowa State University, 2013
Bachelors Degree from Dordt College, 2010
Accepted to 46th Clay Fiber Paper Glass Metal Wood Exhibition, 2014
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa
Honorable Mention for Diffusion Magazine, special issue 2013
Best First-Time Artist, Okoboji Art in the Park, Okoboji Iowa 2013
Best of Show Award for Biorenewables Art Competition, Iowa State University 2013
Valerie Kohnen Memorial Scholarship 2012
Best of Show Award for Biorenewables Art Competition, Iowa State University 2011

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