My research explores diasporan Armenian identity formed through external and inherited cultural influences brought about by a history of displacement through forced migration and genocide. My aims are to investigate the influence of Armenian culture upon its host cultures and the absorption of British and Iranian influence within the Armenian community; to critically represent a history of co-existence and support, referencing both the personal and the collective through art practice.
Photographic work explores formal studio photography contrasted with the family snapshot, bringing into question the author and authenicity of the photograph. New works have been created by scanning old photographs, digitally manipulating them and then projecting them in the studio. By making work in this way I am regaining control of the historic image and in doing so, questioning the circumstances and history that have shaped my family in its physical and psychological migration over time and space, 'sealing' the past and the present together.
A recent Artist's Book 'Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt' of fictionalised family stories, describes the experiences of migration, displacement and assimilation of the Armenians of Iran to the western diaspora, spanning 400 years and the geography of 3 continents. Performative and film-based works are emerging as a result of live reading events since the publication of the book in February 2012.
Qualifications and training
- 1990 MA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
- 2002 Objects of Desire, The Hutchinson Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland
- 1997 Kookoo, Hardware Gallery, London
- 1996 Lavashak & Other Stories, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield
- 1995 Achkov Chudank, Yervand Kotchar Gallery, Yerevan, Armenia
- 2009 Armenian Journey, York Minster, York
- 2006 ‘Layered Lives’ Iranian Armenian Artists, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
- 1997 Wall, floor & Ceiling designs for Cardiac Wards & Main Entrance, Jubilee Building, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds