Kimiko Yoshida has worked with prestigious artisans at Nishijin in Kyoto to create a series of kakejiku, traditional Japanese hanging scrolls used to display paintings on walls. The giant kakejiku (350 x 180 cm) are made of the kimono silk: each length of the fabric is screen-printed with a tone-on-tone lacquer in seven colour passages. Another group of kakejiku shows, as if by transparency, a "double image": a photographic self-portrait of the artist on canvas and an urushi-e (lacquered image) of an antique illustration of "The Tale of Genji", classic Japanese novel written in the 11th century by Murasaki-Shikibu.
Questioning identities: Kimiko Yoshida’s cross-cultural researchJapanese visual artist Kimiko Yoshida was born in 1963 and has been living in Europe since 1995. She has been making important series of self-portraits for 20 years, somehow "timeless" images in search of the hybridization of cultures, questioning the given identities of everyone of us. Kimiko’s work has developed around the theme of feminine identity, together with the changing power of art, in a process of "deconstruction" of the self, while the portraits recalls the Flemish primitives. In Kyoto, the photographer has created "double images" on her own portraits printed on canvas, applying lacquer and gold powder to ancient designs from "The Tale of Genji". The classic Japanese novel written in the 11th century. The use of the ancestral Japanese technique of lacquer mixed with gold powder, called urushi-e, has allowed the artist to rethink craftsmanship, to question, reinterpret and open it up.
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