Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"

Hello! My name is Margaret Kasahara, and I have 2 pieces in “Big Draw Colorado”, “Notation 38-20”  and “Notation 5-23”. 

My work is an expression of identity and what it means to be alive, here and now. I’m responding to  everyday life – from the familiar rhythm of ordinary days, to the twists and turns of extraordinary  events. I often incorporate common objects and materials to reflect the everyday nature of the work.  

I call my small mixed-media works on paper, Notations. I am taking note of thoughts and feelings, spe cific events, and moments in time. They are visual poems, and the images are distilled to their es sence. The Notations are layered in meaning and are often metaphorical. 

• “ Notation 38-20” – is a work in a series of pieces created in the year 2020, where I used fire  and burned paper in response to worldwide wildfires, and to also reflect social and political  passions ignited in protest and unrest. Destruction brings uncertainty, but hope lies beneath  the ashes, and positive change can grow. 

• “ Notation 5-23” – is a part of a recent series of works inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi  – a traditional style of ceramic repair that utilizes gold infused lacquer. In “Notation 5-23”, the  gold-leafed broken branches reflect the act of healing after several devastating family losses in  2022. High winds took down pine trees where I live – and those fallen branches reminded me  of the now broken ends of my family tree. Through a metaphoric use of kinstugi, I’m express ing the process of healing and recovery after death and feelings of loss. 

Throughout the Notations, there is the thread of hope, and it is with hope that by being true and by  sharing my perspective I can create connection and contribute to our collective journey.

Big Draw Colorado
  1. Josh Aiman - "Sitting Woman With Blue" and "Looking"
  2. Kevin Baer - "Drawing Ritual"
  3. Tree Bernstein - "Buckthorn Near & Far" and "Strawflower Stars"
  4. Tonia Bonnell - "In the Explosion – Rise"
  5. Mark Brasuell - "Tiefschlaf (Deep Sleep)"
  6. Mindy Bray - "Structure #2"
  7. Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"
  8. Andi Burnum - "Sketchbook 13 Page 37"
  9. Jack Cackovic - "Font Family: Graffiti"
  10. Al Canner - "Mid-Century Modern Pictograph"
  11. Julie Chen - "Red Rocks"
  12. Diane Cionni - "Rhizome Atlas I"
  13. Sue Crosby Doyle - "Scroll"
  14. Benjy Davies - "Selections from the Daily Drawings Project"
  15. Mark Evans - "The Path to Weightless #3" and "The Path to Weightless #1"
  16. Anne Feller - "Grasping"
  17. Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"
  18. Judy Gardner - "I'm a Fan"
  19. Brittany Hass - "Spider Maple Leaf"
  20. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"
  21. Dan Levinson - "Story of A Giant"
  22. Charles Livingston - "Body Motion Drawings"
  23. Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"
  24. Jonathan Nicklow - "Rearranging The Hungry Eye"
  25. Phillip Potter - "Transitory Formation of Mental Objects #3"
  26. Mike Richens - "Late Afternoon Thoughts On Degas"
  27. Pam Rogers - "Ten Mile Range"
  28. Gregory Santos - "Kimberly (light green)"
  29. Bala Thiagarajan - "Kolam Floor Drawing"
  30. Chloe Wilwerding - "Street View. Home View. Heart View. II"