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American Artist Creates Modern Style Painted Screen

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Yesterday’s Tokushima Newspaper ran an article about artist Andrea Dezsö’s work during the Kamiyama Artist in Residence Program this year:

Andrea Dezsö, a participant in this year’s Kamiyama Artist in Residence Program, has created a set of moving painted screens that are to be kept and used at the stage for the community run Ono Sakura Noson Butai Preservation Committee in Kamiyama.

Numbering 10 in total, the screens form a set three meters in length and 60cm in height. All together they are decorated with five faces in a style that takes heavy inspiration from a western-style circus, each of them drawn colourfully with different expressions. When the boards are turned around on stage, their expressions change.

Dezsö first became interested in painted screens as a form of art after seeing a puppet theatre play in New York last year. After learning that there was a painted screen preservation committee in Kamiyama when she came as part of the Artist in Residence Programme, she expressed an interest in the project.

“Painted screens are not only used as a backdrop to provide contrast to the plays, but their movement gives them an extra level of attraction. It isn’t common to see these screens being painted any more, so I thought I would give everyone a surprise by creating a modern-style set,” commented Dezsö.

President of the Preservation Committee Mr. Issei Ogawa (66) was also heard saying, “Using these screens in combination with the older ones will surely make for a more interesting display, and I’m sure they will be very popular with children as well.”

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