October 2019 Resident
When we hear the word rape, for a moment we feel sympathy for some unknown person and move on. Rape is negative, and since we avoid negativity, we continue scrolling, flip the channel, or change the conversation topic.
Through my own experiences, as well as a sense of responsibility and respect for all survivors, my artwork puts the subject of rape at the center of conversation. I am driven by the need to expand compassion for those who carry this weight. We think of it as a crime that rarely happens, that the attackers and “victims” are far away strangers, when normally that is not that case.
I work with various materials, such as fabric and acrylic paints, and use a range of techniques to get my message across, from line drawing to hand-sewing. My work is often composed of metaphors such as my use of hand-sewing. It takes time; it does not have short cuts and may be sloppy, much like recovery.
Each rape survivor carries an experience unique to them; their stories may never be told, or worse, may fall of deaf ears. The community is mistaken to be few, but there are millions of rape survivors. My artwork is an avenue for discussion and awareness for those unknowing. It is recognition for those living with the weight of violation forced unto them. It is validation.
Born and raised in south Florida, Megumi Naganoma is an interdisciplinary artist. Most of her work is inspired by her own experiences and research focused on bringing awareness to issues about sexual violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Naganoma graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree for Studio Art and a minor in Art History. During the summer of 2016, Naganoma interned for Judy Pfaff in Tivoli, New York, where she assisted with new pieces for upcoming shows that fall. In the first six months of 2017, Naganoma was a teaching artist in residency in Thomasville, Georgia. After two years at the State University of New York at New Paltz, she graduated in May of 2019 with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. During her last semester as a student and for a few months afterwards, she worked for Judy Pfaff as a studio assistant. She had recently relocated to south Florida.
Naganoma dominantly works in fabric, video, and drawing when working with her trauma, as well as others'. Her practice responds to current events, stigmas, and societal norms. Using these methods, she advocates for rape survivors, while keeping various audiences in mind by starting conversations that continue to shed light on something that is often still seen as taboo.
Mineral House Media’s digital residency program is a series of online “takeovers,” wherein each selected artist is given full control of the Mineral House Media Instagram feed for 3 weeks. Residents complete an interview to be published at the close of their designated month. The residency also includes a group exhibition at the end of the year. It is a great way to experiment, showcase your practice in a new way, and develop a new following. We still have openings for 2020, so Apply Here!