Maki Kaoru (a.k.a Makiko Onda) is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work explores empathetic and perceptual responses to nature, : the act of seeing. Working with temporal elements of nature, such as light, shadow, water, wind or leaves, her work transcends those natural phenomena and transforms them into ethereal visual form. After finishing her MFA in Photography, she received fellowships and residencies including Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and most recently from Alliance for Downtown New York to produce her first public art, 245 feet-long photograph printed on transparent vinyl mesh to install at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's (LMCC) LentSpace in Tribeca, New York. Her work has been featured in various arts organizations and educational institutions, including the Humble Arts Foundation, Newspace Center for Photography, Harvard University, and Maryland Institute of College and Art. She was a semi-finalist for Hyeres Festival de Photographie in France.