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Robert and Lisa Sainsbury fellows

Rosanna Rios Perez

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow 2023 - 2024

PhD, Kyoto Seika University, 2022

Rosanna Rios Perez is an artist who specialises in Japanese traditional dyeing techniques katazome and yūzen. After developing these techniques during her Master’s degree at Kyoto Seika University, she focused her PhD research on textile artist Yunoki Samiro, who was mentored by Serizawa Keisuke and eventually brought him into close contact with the Mingei members.

As a fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), Rosanna will review the ‘Serizawa books,’ taking particular interest in the Ehon Don Kihōte and Shinpan Don Kihōte, for which she will be working on journal articles. She investigates the visual devices present in both artworks and how technical aspects related to katazome dyeing on paper heralded Serizawa’s widely renowned works on paper. She is centrally interested in how “continuity and change” allowed Serizawa to overcome the technical difficulties experienced during the Second World War period in Japan, such as availability of materials, and encouraged a series of katazome works, such as the calendars.

She will also collect archival resources available only in the UK, examining collections at the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. She will visit exhibitions and talk to curators about the traits and interrelation between Serizawa’s artistic practice and Mingei’s diffusion in the West.