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Two Person Show

Sachiko Hisajima and Mucha Vargas

May 30th - June 30th, 2024

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Photo credits: CJ and Toma

Sachiko Hisajima's
Artist Statement

In my painting, I want to craft something beautiful that gives the viewer visual comfort and pleasure.

 

Color is a vital element of my work. Color is a form of energy that can touch people’s emotions. A color itself or a combination of colors has a powerful effect on people’s feelings and behavior. I like to make people comfortable and happy. Using color is a moderate but powerful way of affecting people.

 

I started working on lemon painting in 2020 during the pandemic when my daughter headed to college. Thinking of an object that I could paint to decorate her dorm room, I thought of a lemon because it is said to bring good luck, in terms of feng shui, and I believe that it has the power of purification. The subject matter sounded perfect during that moment. Since then, I became hooked on the theme with different compositions and background colors. The combination of naturally elaborated lemons and distinctive background colors will take the viewer to a pleasant journey.

Mucha Vargas'
Artist Statement

One. Then another one. And. More came later. Still coming.

 

I didn’t know growing up in the capital of Peru, my artistic mind and curiosity would come from my Mom, a Chilean. A place where life’s good and then your sweet tooth invites diabetes. Just like I didn’t know someday I would have a daughter who would study at Cambridge. Just like I didn’t know 9/11 would take hold of my artistic output for an unforeseeable length of time. Or become friends with a psychoanalyst who has a fondness for the color brown and for images of monks.

 

The door stopper piece in this exhibition gave me exquisite bursts of sugar rush. A sense of the good in life. But there are only two door stoppers? Yes, but each one has three sides, and that’s where I come in and become a part of the piece. We are family.

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Color Study 1
Sachiko Hisajima
1999
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 20"
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Untitled
Mucha Vargas
2007
Pencil on paper
15" x 11 1/4"
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Pimp Me
Mucha Vargas
2007
Colored pencil on paper
8" x 10"
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Selfish
Self-Flush

Mucha Vargas
2007
Colored pencil on paper
8" x 10"
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Lemons in Bubble Gum II
Sachiko Hisajima
2024
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 8"
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Lemons in Lavender III
Sachiko Hisajima
2024
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 8"
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Lemons in French Blue
Sachiko Hisajima
2024
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 8"
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Lemons in Tranquil Blue/Green
Sachiko Hisajima
2024
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 8"
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Lemons in Banana Ice Cream
Sachiko Hisajima
2023
Acrylic on canvas
10" x 8"
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3 Panels in Color
Sachiko Hisajima
1999
Acrylic on canvas
40" x 16" (each canvas)
SHMV2024.10 a, b, & c

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Untitled
Mucha Vargas
2023
Walnut ink on paper
11" x 14" (drawing)
14 1/4" x 17 1/4" x 1 1/4" (framed)
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Untitled
Mucha Vargas
2014
Chalk on paper
34" x 24" (drawing)
38" x 28" 3/4" (framed)
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After Zurbaran
Mucha Vargas
2021
Gouche on paper
34 3/4" x 21 1/2" x 1" (framed)
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Nosotros
Mucha Vargas
2024
Poplar wood
5 1/16" x 11" x 12" x 1 3/4" (1 of 2)
2 5/8" x 6 1/2" x 7" x 1 3/4" (2 of 2)
SHMV2024.14 a & b

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