Keiko Narahashi’s works are constructed through an elaborate process of translation. They originate as ink drawings, emblematic of the shapes of pottery, which a potter then translates into three dimensional forms on the wheel. Narahashi then takes the wet pottery and cuts it in half or flattens it with a rolling pin. The forms acquire a new flatness that is both literal and metaphorical, strange yet familiar.
Keiko Narahashi was born in Tokyo, Japan, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Jason McCoy Gallery, New York; Usdan Gallery, Bennington College; Brennan & Griffin, New York; Underdonk Gallery, Brooklyn; Deli Gallery, Queens; 106 Green, Brooklyn; Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton; and Longhouse Projects, New York, among others. She is a recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation studio grant and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Painting. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Vogue, The Brooklyn Rail, and The New York Times. She received a BFA from Parsons school of Design and an MFA in Painting from Bard College.