Kaoru Akagawa . Ancient Words

by 16 enero 2013

A masterful Japanese calligraphy artist explains the traditions and craft of an astonishing art form.

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.”

Ancient Words
14 January 2013

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.”

Learn more about Kaoru Akagawa HERE.

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

vía The Avant/Garde Diaries

Posted by 16 enero 2013 Documental Tipografía