I create a world connected to my dreams, memories, and sensibilities. This world features landscapes, characters, creatures, regions, and artifacts that are enigmatic pieces of myself.

Elements composed of handmade paper and carefully made objects instill my works with spirit and intimacy. I use paper to connect disciplines, such as book arts, sculpture, and site-specific installation. My paper is inseparable from my work. It reveals a close personal involvement with the artwork, and serves as a symbol of time and process.

My works have stories, but you shouldn’t worry about understanding them completely. Form your own connections, and make your own stories. After all, an adventure should contain mystery and the unknown.






Nicholas Cladis is an American-born interdisciplinary artist who has lived in Fukui Prefecture, Japan since 2014. He is an active researcher of Japanese papermaking and fibers, including traditional and alternative processes. He is currently a research fellow with the Future of Regional Villages group at Fukui Prefectural University (2018, 2019), as well as an executive committee member of Imadate Art Field, a non-profit arts organization based in the papermaking village of Echizen, Japan.

Who: Nicholas Jerome Cladis (b. 1986)
What: artist, teacher, researcher
When: MFA 2013, MA 2011, BA 2008
Where: Echizen and Fukui, Japan
Why: to document the world within me
How: through handmade objects

CV available upon request.