Talking Points: Tomoko Kawao

A collection of sources and imagery to explore the work of Tomoko Kawao.

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Tomoko Kawao

Kawao’s work incorporates her whole body. Kawao focuses on the unbroken movement of brush and combining the English language with the Eastern calligraphic tradition. Tomoko’s practise extends into film, installation and performance.

Watch one of her performances below and prompt class discussion about the artist with the questions below.

Find a BBC Four Short about the work of Tomoko Kawao here.

Questions to Ask Children

What do you like/dislike about Kawao’s work?

How does her work make you feel?

Play some clips of different music genres and invite children to use their arms to create drawings in the air in response to the music.

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