Kunihiko Nohara is a Japanese artist that creates contemporary art sculptures whose subjects hover between the earth and sky, resembling like art on clouds. Using a single piece of wood for each of his pieces, Nohara replaces clothing with clouds making his figures seem ready to take flight.
Nohara’s works have earned him the name “The Cloud Man” in Taiwan. But while this name visibly connects him with his works, the clouds also mean something else to Nohara. In some interviews done, he says that clouds are emblematic of his practice in that he often feels “blurry” within his own thoughts. Dealing with this space of fuzziness between thoughts and dream, he further says that his “creations are not necessarily based on fantasy, but neither are they overly grounded in reality – they’re just reflections of my experiences of the world.”
Despite the delicacy and softness of these sculptures, Nohara works entirely in wood and, more notably, only uses one piece for each work. His preference for wood emerged in school but he also believes the use of material aligns his work with Japan’s propensity towards wooden objects, like houses and furniture.
All evoke the viewers’ own dreams and fantasies.
“When I first have an idea of what I want to create, it’s usually very blur and vague,” “I chose clouds as my main motif because they’re exactly like the images I have in my head–temporary, ever-changing and they can instantly disappear. I also feel very relaxed and comfortable when inspiration hits me–a sensation quite similar to floating in the sky. If you noticed, my sculptures also wear goggles because I imagine floating in the sky to be similar to swimming in a pool.”