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Meet Naomi Hudson-Knapp

Today we’d like to introduce you to Naomi Hudson-Knapp.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Naomi. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an artist and a teacher. I started life in a tiny town in Northern Vermont — rolling hills, snowy winters and quiet spaces. The stillness, earthy colors and community all shaped the way I see. I have a reverence for the slightly untamed, the bounty of the land and the elegance of decay. A move to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute in the late 90s amplified my attraction to spaces and objects whose surfaces record history — old factory buildings with stained floors, street lights covered in stickers. The marks that grace these surfaces are the quiet whispers of the past, the present, and the echoes of seasons. When I moved to California, I realized that the plants as much as the architecture held the history; the 2000 years old Sequoias and wise Joshua Trees.

As an artist, I tell the unspoken stories of spaces, places and people in abstract forms. I paint to share what I see. I paint to find myself. I paint to communicate what words cannot.

My practice is a quiet one, turning inward and looking outward simultaneously. For years I made work and filed it away, showing only those who knew to visit my studio. However, I have come to realize that the magic of painting is multilayered. The making of the work heals and reveals, but the showing and sharing of the work create connection, inspires and delights. Painting is most alive when it is seen by others.

Like my relationship to painting, my relationship to teaching has evolved over the years. I started teaching art to children and their teachers in 2000, inspired by the educators in Reggio Emila, Italy who believe there are hundreds of ways to take in and to express ideas, from drawing and painting to movement and the spoken word. In 2017 I began hosting adult art sessions in my secret garden, believing that we all deserve the freedom to learn, to explore and to create in community, whether we are 3 or 83.

Today, I consult with new and established schools, teach in a small preschool and make paintings in my studio. I collaborate with interior designers and other creative studios. I love an interesting problem to solve, whether visually, educationally or structurally.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t remember a time I wasn’t making something, wondering at beauty or teaching those who would listen. The path to becoming an artist and educator felt obvious and easeful. The tricky part has always been the business side of showing, selling and consulting. It’s a work in progress.

Please tell us more about your art.
My company is me, Naomi Hudson-Knapp. I paint delicate and atmospheric abstract images with handmade ink. I collaborate with designers to create and to select work for interior spaces. I design art experiences for adults. I design art experiences for children. I support schools looking to imagine (or reimagine) their interior spaces, their ways of documenting and displaying work, as well as their visual arts program. I also hope to begin working with architects who are designing schools. I have been in the field of education for more than 20 years and love when ideas from education, art and design all intersect.

I am known for careful listening and observing, the ability to consolidate and articulate ideas, a precise visual aesthetic, a sensitivity to the natural world, a strong work ethic and compassion.

I am grateful for the way my work as an artist has shaped spaces, offering others a place to rest their minds and spirits. And I am proud of the way my work in education has transformed classrooms, curricula and school systems, making education a more creative and diverse experience for our youngest citizens.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I have learned a great deal from each mis-step and recalibration. I would not change a thing.

Contact Info:

  • Website: inkpaperwire.com
  • Email: drawings.nhk@gmail.com
  • Instagram: naomihudsonknapp


Image Credit:

Jason Pugh

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