Somewhere among the chaos that’s 800 blocks of timber, artist Nicole Naone sees the forest for the trees.
Words Matthew Dekneef / Images Mark Kushimi
Her latest sculpture, Being, is her most audacious to date—cutting, shaping, piecing together a complex vision of disparate shapes and sizes to create a whole and discernable form, as if carving through the confusion toward a more tangible clarity.
The result is a 10-foot tall piece, composed entirely of repurposed wood, ingrained with all the omnipresence a name like Being suggests. It’s massive, but quiet in its confidence. Sprawling at the edges, but confined to a strict and sensible structure at its core. Conspicuous in size, the figure is rife with enough detailing and craftsmanship that you could blink and still miss it.
Being and more of Naone’s sculptures will be showcased in the Waikiki Parc Hotel’s next solo exhibition this summer.