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Artist ID: 2399

I employ the language of abstraction to create enigmatic and dynamic collage-paintings that examine the contributions of perception, memory, and history to interpreting the present moment. My works incorporate visual illusions, archival materials, and ready-mades to elucidate the illusory and elusive foundations of personal and collective narratives. I combine visual illusions with material and formal components that evoke experienced dichotomies such as Asian versus Western, empirical versus intuitive, and historic versus contemporary. By synthesizing diverse pictorial elements—from samurai-inspired shapes and old diary pages to dried seaweed—into a precarious unity, I mirror the challenge of constructing coherent beliefs about contemporary issues and of the self.

Chieko Murasugi was born in Tokyo (1957), grew up in Toronto, and lived in San Francisco for twenty years before relocating to Chapel Hill, NC in 2012. She has degrees in Experimental Psychology (BA McGill University, PhD York University) and Studio Art (BFA York University, MFA UNC-Chapel Hill). Her work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and most recently, in the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, and the Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro. Her paintings reside in the collections of Duke University and the City of Raleigh, and in several corporate collections. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Artist Support Grant (2021) and a Hambidge Center Residency (2021). Murasugi s a co-founder and co-curator of BASEMENT (founded 20119), a provisional artist-run space in Chapel Hill that promotes the experimental and critical art practices of Southeastern artists.

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