Kaoru Akagawa - Ancient Words

Avant/Garde Diaries
Jan 31, 2013 10:11PM

Kaoru Akagawa is a globe-trotting calligraphy artist. She was born in Canada, grew up in New York, lived in Japan, and is currently based in Berlin. She is expanding the traditions and perceptions of traditional Japanese calligraphy by merging Kana Shodo with modern art. Kana is one of the oldest traditional calligraphical art forms, originally utilized by women who were not allowed to show their faces in public. Kana was the only avenue to express their beauty, personality, and allure. Akagawa creates painstakingly delicate and complex forms, always aware of expressing her state of body and mind using just ink and brush. “When you work with ink and paper, you don’t have a second chance,” she says. “Once the ink is on the paper, it stays there. It is forever, and you can never change it.”

Produced by APARTMENT BLUE FACTORY / Directed & Edited by Hakan Can / Filming & Photography by Sven Jacob / Sound by Laura Lazarescu

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