My artwork is an exploration of identity. It is informed by my gender, race, Japanese ethnicity, culture, and respect for nature. I interweave memories, autobiographical experiences, 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.

Compositionally, I’m expressing the complexity of identity through simplified essential forms and line. For me, alternating bands, grids, and the circle-in-the-square are near perfect expressions of equilibrium— inclusivity, interconnectedness, acceptance, and peace—tenuous though it may be.

The Notation series of drawings are visual poems. I’m thinking about diaries and daybooks – a place where one writes down ones innermost thoughts, reflections, and everyday observations. The small scale reflects the intimate and introspective nature of the work. It is a personal approach.


-Margaret Kasahara

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