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Keiko Narahashi

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The conventions of painting seem to me both seductive and suspect. As a believer confronted by my own limitations, I resort to looking for loopholes, a way out of my aesthetic quandary. To me, painting is like Japanese, my first language, now forgotten, which I speak only in dreams. The only way out of this disjunction is to embrace ignorance, start over and (re)discover what I might already know. This provisional state has filtered into my work so that my days in the studio feel makeshift. The means seem less important than the meaning. Paint becomes more utilitarian and less aesthetic, about gravity rather than culture.
The shapes that I use to construct pieces are made of Italian parchment which I dip into gesso which causes warps and puckers. I use these boxes, as well as styrofoam, scavenged materials, and recycled older pieces, to construct paintings and assemblages.
top image: you can't fall down the stairs 2 times the same way, 11"x24"x12", oil, parchment, foam core, wood, 2006
left top: gravity's rainbow2, 15"x17"x5", oil, wood, styrofoam, linen, 2006
left bottom: 2-4-1(cat toy), 15"x12"x4", oil, wood, ceramic, cattoy, 2005
right top: gravity's rainbow, oil, candles, gesso, parchment, cloth
right middle: construction(redgrey), 7"x8"x3", oil, parchment, styrofoam, linen, 2004
right bottom: 2-4-1(duck),12"x12"x4", oil, wood, ceramic, plaster, duck, 2006
Keiko Narahashi
New York, NY
New York
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