Nara’s venture into working with bronze began shortly after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to hit Japan that triggered a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
This tragedy catalyzed Nara’s work shift to more contemplative, existential themes.
We see Nara articulate a relationship between the natural world and our inner minds in this sculpture.
For Miss Forest / Thinker, Nara takes the pine tree to symbolize growth, strength, and contemplation, which he personifies into a woman; she is a woodland deity or higher being.
This serene colossus is one of Nara’s “forest spirits,” transcendent beings connecting man and nature, made of durable and robust bronze, capable of withstanding time and natural disaster, symbols of life and hope.
Deep and docile, sweet and subdued, this monumental and mythical being invites us to participate in her meditative state.
Like the branches of a coniferous tree, Miss Forest’s conical hair appears to grow forever upwards, reaching beyond the confines of body-bound thought to a higher realm of spiritual reflection.
Number of sheets: 1pc
Made in Japan.