In my abstract works I integrate disparate elements into enigmatic compositions. I mine and synthesize diverse histories, materials, and artistic influences through my Japanese-Canadian-American lens to create works that defy stereotypes and tropes. My many inspirations include Japanese materials and crafts, Inuit art, Canadian landscapes, art and world histories, visual illusions, epistemology, and contemporary social issues. Various materials, techniques, and decades merge as I incorporate cut-outs from a library of older works-on-paper, including diary entries, into new paintings. My integrative process is analogous to the act of constructing narratives about oneself and the world.
ABOUT CHIEKO MURASUGI
Chieko Murasugi was born in Tokyo, raised in Toronto, and based in San Francisco for 20 years before moving to North Carolina in 2012. She has degrees in Social Psychology (BA McGill), Visual Perception (PhD York U), and Studio Art (BFA York U, MFA UNC-CH). She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums nationally. In North Carolina, venues include the Ackland Art Museum, Mint Museum, CAM Raleigh, Greenhill, and the Gatewood Gallery (UNG-G), and her paintings reside in the public collections of the City of Raleigh and Duke University. She is a member of the founding curatorial team of BASEMENT, a provisional, artist-run project space in Chapel Hill. The mother of two grown children, Murasugi lives in Chapel Hill with her neuroscientist husband.