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Margaret Kasahara
Artist's Statement

"I create stylized still lifes using a graphic object-oriented idiom that celebrates all aspects of everyday life. The images contain bold color, high contrast and connotative content. Simplified everyday objects figure in my pieces - many of which hold symbolic significance. I use objects metaphorically to express a variety of relationships and interactions. I'm combining personal narrative with lighthearted social commentary.

My artwork is also an exploration of spatial and formal relationships. I find it challenging to create equilibrium in the various relationships between objects, line, form, and color. I use strong, playful colors for their exuberance and intensity - as an expression of vibrancy and the energy of life. The black line unifies as well as isolates. The uneven edge, one of give-and-take, is a natural gesture. A detailed, textural surface complements strong graphic imagery. I want to tickle the mind with thoughtful construction, interweaving connections, and with metaphorical allusions of food and ordinary objects to everyday life.

My current work is formed from an Asian-American perspective. I'm drawing from memory, personal experience and observation to address all aspects of my cross-cultural identity. It's a personal approach."

Margaret Kasahara was born in New York, New York and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She received a BFA degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri where she graduated with honors. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museum shows, including the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; the Denver Art Museum, and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California.

A resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, she has participated in regional exhibitions at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado; the Gallery of Contemporary Art - University of Colorado/Colorado Springs, as well as the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and the Buell Children's Museum, both in Pueblo, Colorado,

Her artwork is in several public and corporate collections, including Chase Manhattan Bank (New York), Lincoln Properties (Texas), Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, LLC (Colorado), and the Colorado College (Colorado). In addition to exhibitions and the inclusion in numerous private collections, her artwork has also been featured nationally and internationally in corporate and editorial print media including American Express, Euro Disney/France, Four Seasons Hotel/Japan, the New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Opera. In 1999 she completed a mural located in the Castle Rock Police Department and Municipal Court Facility in Castle Rock, Colorado. Ms. Kasahara is represented by Art & Soul Gallery in Boulder, Colorado and the Sandra Phillips Gallery in Denver, Colorado.