Mio Akashi's photographs evoke a deep respect of nature, serenity, order and grace. Her images of landscapes, flowers and trees profoundly resonate with her Japanese background, her commitment to the study of tea ceremony, and knowledge of Shinto religion. The artist delineates nature in a painterly fashion, a gesture that seems inextricably linked together along the lineage of Japanese Art of screen and scroll. Akashi's mature sensibilities cast across the nature of her Connecticut wilds creating photographs that summon a history and a gesture of Kyoto or Kamakura, all the While located on a local inhabitant.
Alison Bradley — Callerist and Curator
Born and rased in Japan, Mio Akashi graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan, with a BA in English Literature. She lived in Tokyo, where she worked in publishing as an editor and translator.
Akashi moved to New York City in 1986, where she studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating with a BFA in Interior Design and Fine Arts In 1991.
In 2000, following a career as an Interior Designer, she began her studies in photography, merging her passions for design, photography, and nature.
Mio Akashi and her husband, Stephen Croke, live in New York and Litchfield Hills, CT.