HABITUAL DEMEANOR | EAST GALLERY
JUNE 22 - JULY 29, 2017
My work is autobiographical in nature. In its imagery and materials, it is an exploration of identity, appearances and perception. In examining identity, I am fascinated by the notion of armor, a theme I have consistently been interested in as it pertains to me and others, and I create objects to explore this theme.
In defining my own identity, I draw from my Armenian heritage and the significance of carpet, not only to Armenians, but to my own experience growing up in a partially Armenian family. I use carpet to inspire through patterns and shapes and to symbolize identity, domesticity, femininity and security, examining and questioning those characteristics along the way. Carpet and other common materials in my work represent my everyday life in the same way certain patterns, styles and colors represent the weaver of an oriental carpet. In bringing these materials together, and through design and process, I attempt to create a flux between masculine and feminine and hard and soft.