Tomoko Kawao Japanese , b. 1977

Tomoko Kawao believes that the written characters known in Japan as kanji have played a central and essential role in the history of this nation since arriving here from ancient China and can be thought of as a wellspring of culture. 


Over centuries it has coalesced into the art of sho, encompassing the craft of its tools, the development of its techniques, and the maturation of its practitioners and evaluators.


Since I took up Sho at the age of six I have been entranced by the beauty of its lines and the subtlety of its expression. Sho allows no tracing, no do-overs. It’s a medium that is utterly immediate, relying on an all-or-nothing approach to create its works.