My collaged paintings employ the language of abstraction to examine the illusory and elusive nature of perceptions and memories that form the basis of personal and collective narratives. I combine collage pieces that contain material references to my personal and family histories with pigmented areas characterized by shifting planes and spaces. These enigmatic compositions address questions of identity, history, and epistemology.
Chieko Murasugi is an abstract painter and mixed-media artist who was born in Tokyo, grew up in Toronto, and lived in San Francisco for twenty years before moving to Chapel Hill, NC in 2012. She has degrees in Experimental Psychology (BA McGill U, PhD York U) and Studio Art (BFA York U, MFA UNC-Chapel Hill). Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. She was awarded a 2021 North Carolina Artist Support Grant and Hambidge Center Residency. She is a co-founder and c0-curator of BASEMENT, an artist-run, experimental/provisional project space in Chapel Hill, NC.
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