Katherine Tamiko ARGUILE
Katherine Tamiko Arguile is an author, arts journalist and printmaker of mixed Japanese-British heritage. She was born and raised in Tokyo with her Japanese family which has owned a traditional, artisanal food business for five generations. In 2022, her book, 'Meshi: A Personal History of Japanese Food' was published by Affirm Press, following on from her 2020 novel, 'The Things She Owned' which also featured her linocuts and was shortlisted for the 2021 MUD Prize for best debut literary fiction. Part memoir, part love letter to Japanese food, 'Meshi' unfolds according to the ancient lunar-solar calendar of Japan, which comprises 72 microseasons called 'kō'. These are further grouped into 24 'sekki', with titles such as 'Thunder grows distant', 'Rainbows hide' or 'Fish emerge from the ice'. This exhibition features the 24 original linocut prints depicting the essence of each of these 'sekki' that accompanies each of the chapters in 'Meshi, along with a few other selected works.