Nao Matsunaga (b. 1980, Osaka, Japan) takes inspiration from primitive cultures and shared traditions. His work has focused on how humans have interacted with their surroundings since prehistoric times. Matsunaga’s practice allows materials to dictate their form. When whittling wood, he stops once the fabric begins to resist, explaining that this produces the strongest structures for his work. By marrying this traditional method of making to titles using song, modern vernacular and colloquialisms, Matsunaga analyses how ancient ways of being are continuing to frame contemporary lives.