Born in Pasadena, California to Armenian parents of Middle Eastern descent, traditions of craftsmanship were a birthright. My work is created in homage to a maternal legacy as a motherless daughter. My mother, Anahid, and paternal Grandmother Baydzar, and I shared love of craft. A couture dressmaker in Lebanon, Anahid drew designs, and impeccably created patterns and garments, adhering to traditions of couture dressmaking. Baydzar, a widow Aleppo, Syria, with 5 children, supported them with her craft of making extraordinary crocheted lace as a masterful artisan. These women’s’ influence through their love of their respective crafts’ is an eternal source of inspiration. Narrative elements of form and content throughout my artistic oeuvre expose these and other issues of maternity with irony with whimsy, also referencing fashion and surrealism of the mid 20th century.
I received my BFA from California College of the Arts (with high distinction, 1995), and an MFA from Pratt Institute (1998). My work has been exhibited bi-coastally and abroad, and included in private collections. Residency awards include LMCC’s World Views Residency Program (1999/2000) and the Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist in the Marketplace Program (2000). As a recipient for the Artslink grant, I was in a residency in Yerevan, Armenia (2001), and additionally participated in exhibitions there in 2000 and 2002. I received an emergency grant from New York Foundation for the Arts (2012) after Hurricane Sandy floodwater decimated my studio and art in W. Chelsea. Currently, I am participating artist in the Eileen S Kaminsky Foundation in Jersey City through November 24, 2014.