spoon & tamago
The Secret Garden Print by Akane Ogura
We collaborated with Brooklyn-based Japanese artist Akane Ogura, who captures fleeting and ethereal moments inspired by nature and femininity.
Her work explores the bittersweetness of life, nature's fragility, and strength as proof of existence. Her upbringing in Japan and the country's ancient, animistic beliefs inform her relationship to nature and to its femininity, which are intertwined.
Originally from Ibaraki, Japan, Akane Ogura currently lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Her work combines traditional Japanese Sumi ink drawing with Western Impressionism. Both techniques were, with few exceptions, always heralded by male artists. As a woman, she uses her agency and these traditions to highlight the feminine and embrace emotions, fantasies, and dreams. Her paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally.