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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.

Twinkie the Kid
Twinkie the Kid

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Full Circle (she)
Full Circle (she)

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Little People: Foursquare
Little People: Foursquare

32"x32", Oil and oil stick on canvas, with alkyd on Styrofoam ball attachment

Little People: Playground
Little People: Playground

60"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Little People: Colorblind
Little People: Colorblind

32"x64", oil and oil stick on canvas

Fragments: Belief
Fragments: Belief

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Fragments: answer
Fragments: answer

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Foreign and Domestic
Foreign and Domestic

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas

Between the Lines
Between the Lines

48"x48", oil and oil stick on canvas