Sources and expressions
Born in Tehran, daughter of an Armenian mother from Iran and an Armenian father from Georgia, I lived my life surrounded by the ancestral culture. At the age of 20, I left “my” country to study fine arts in Paris. That’s when I started to understand that I had been always a stranger, even in my native Tehran, and even more in Paris, later in Los Angeles and in Neuchâtel.
As a country-less Armenian, questions of IDENTITY and BORDERS were naturally imposed to me. Furthermore, my research on the history of my homeland have provoked in me a revolt against the horrible SOCIAL INJUSTICE that Armenians endured at the beginning of the 20th century.
Hence, the fundamentals: research on identity, the borders and the social injustice appear in my diverse artistic expressions. Started as a painter in Paris, my mediums diversified towards video, robotics, photography and installation to continue to interrogate myself about these issues.
The painting expresses in its superimposed layers of lines an abstraction of an alphabet inspired by the Armenian alphabet and the multiplicity of the cultures through the multiple layers of these visual writings; the robotics takes my almost innate need of "moving" my sculptures, the photography gives me the possibility of capturing the ephemeral movements of my artistic syntax and the installation, finally, gives me the possibility to create links between these different forms of expression while expressing my ideas.
Message in a bottle, 2016, Musée des beaux arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland