Keiko Narahashi

Keiko Narahashi uses things, mostly pieces from old work and objects that serendipitously materialize, to craft memorials to an imagined past as a hedge against a possible future. She can speak Japanese, her first language, only in dreams, or she imagines that she can – dreams are unreliable. This disjunction between past and present creates a sense of shame and longing, an anxiety of displacement that seems to lay bare the incommensurable gap between the tidal wave of history and a single life. Born in Tokyo, raised in North Carolina, she now lives and works in New York. Her exhibitions include The Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a recipient of a studio grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (2005-2006) and received a painting fellowship grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2006.