|Kana-Artist and a Master of Kana Shodo, Kaoru Akagawa|
Sunset on Seine
Time and Space
Kaoru Akagawa, artist and master of Japanese calligraphy, kana shodo, was born in Canada, grew up in the U.S. and Japan, and since 2007 has lived in Europe.
Akagawa’s new style of art has been picked up by various media, including CNN, The Guardian, Deutsche Welle and BBC Radio.
Her artworks are created based on her technique as a master, yet are free from preconceived ideas of Japanese traditions. Akagawa strives to keep an ancient script, kana, which are referred to as "woman hand", alive through her art. Her globe-trotting and the discrimination she experienced growing up in the U.S. led to “Crossing Borders” becoming one of the core ideas of her work. Akagawa has held exhibitions in cities such as Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo and Kyoto. She has also held lectures on kana shodo at venues like the University of Oxford, the University of London School of Advanced Study and the University of Zurich.
Special Thanks to Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
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