The sculptures of Stephen Kawatsu Nomura are reflections of ancestral patterns and glimpses of familial personalities, both past and present. Nomura creates sculptures of wood and bronze. His work is abstract in nature and reflects sensibilities of the Modern Art movement, his Japanese-American heritage, and a Japanese cultural background.
Nomura’s work is informed by myriad personal connections. Educated as a botanist and trained as a carpenter, his visual inspirations are drawn from both endeavors. The woods that he uses are selected for their ability to contrast and to reveal the beauty he sees in the cellular details of flora and other organic shapes. His family, Japanese-American Quakers who were interned before his birth, is a conceptual influence. A legacy of camp wood carvers, as well the minimal, unadorned Quaker meeting houses leave imprints of simplicity and unity in his work. However, Nomura does not let his materials dictate expression. “I impose my intent on the material and not vice versa. Sculpture, after all, is man made.”
Stephen Nomura’s wood sculptures are individual, handcrafted works. Editions of cast bronze pieces are available.
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