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Margaret Kasahara

 

My artwork is an exploration of identity. It is informed by my gender, race, Japanese ethnicity, culture, and respect for nature. I interweave memories, personal history, and observations to create visual dialogs and expressions of everyday life. I often use ordinary objects and familiar materials and place them in a personal and transformative context. I approach my subject matter seriously, yet with a wink and a light heart.

 

My perspectives on identity encompass thoughts on the search for unity and ideas regarding the mutable nature of identity itself. I feel we are an amalgam of our personal and collective experiences and that we metaphorically sew, tape, and mend our layers and fragments of experience together to define ourselves and to make meaning of what we see.

 

The work is my response to daily life, serendipitous connections, and the poetry of everyday things.

6.	Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks, IV
6. Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks, IV

24"x24", Nori, disposable wood chopsticks, soy sauce and 12k white gold

6.	Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks, V
6. Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks, V

24"x24", Nori, disposable wood chopsticks, soy sauce and 12k white gold

Halo (infinity) III
Halo (infinity) III

24"x24", pencil on rag board, mounted to panel

Watercolor
Watercolor

24"x24", Oil stick and colored pencil on birch wood panel

Static & Silence
Static & Silence

24"x24", Oil stick and colored pencil on birch wood panel

The Grass is Always Greener
The Grass is Always Greener

24"x24", Whitewashed wood toy fence, plastic sushi grass, and latex paint on birch wood panel

Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks3
Variation on a Theme of Chopsticks3

12"x12", Disposable wood chopsticks, nori (seaweed), soy sauce, 22k gold leaf on birch wood panel

Making Fun and Games
Making Fun and Games

24"x24", Vintage Chinese checker game board mounted on birch wood panel

24/7
24/7

24"x24", Kami and chiyogami origami paper and found printed paper on panel