I am an artist residing in Chicago, Illinois with my husband and two children. I was born and raised in Rhode Island and attended Massachusetts College of Art, The University of Chicago, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis on visual communication and art education. As an Armenian-American, my life experiences and my Armenian heritage are at the heart of who I am and what I create.
Experimental in material and process, my work is informed by the language of painting, the history of abstraction, outsider/intuitive artists, chemistry, color, and architectural building material. Favoring both the fluidity of pigmented liquids and chunks of dirt/ash, I work in a manner that encourages textures, shapes and symbols to take on new meaning.
One of my ongoing series of paintings is called "Tufa Dreams". Tufa is a volcanic rock that appears to have warm tones of yellow and beige and functions as architectural building material. The exploration of tufa as a subject in my abstract paintings comes from my desire to connect with the land my ancestors lived in for thousands of years. I look back at the rough landscape of ancient Armenia and try to reinvent this place in ways that have a contemporary feel through the process of painting.
Reoccurring symbols both recognizable and cryptic are also evident in my work. The images in my mind come to life revealing provocative worlds locked away waiting to be explored. The visual language of my work connects with my love for the unfiltered nature of children's art, mosaic tiles, textures, patterns, free forms, organic lines, symbols of hope, Art Brut, and my inner dream world. Although I journal to get my thoughts down before they evaporate, my painting process ranges from completely intuitive to partially planned.