Artist Statement


Reinterpreting traditional craft and introducing them in new ways, my inspirations have stemmed from Armenian cultural practice, ornamentation, pattern and folklore. Using multimedia techniques, such as ceramic, metal, wood, drawing, and print. Identity as a baseline, I am referencing techniques from the past and enforcing a sense of familiarity and nostalgia.

Identity as a baseline, each piece teaches me about this world and my own journey through honouring my past and those that have come before me. Presently, slowly moving past culturally specific notions and moving into the broader landscape of expression, I am currently exploring form and its interaction with the body, protection, healing, repetition and expansion having become predominant themes; making wearable pieces that create an all-encompassing sensorial experience. The meditative aspect of each step through repetition and mundane action has become a symbolic representation of interconnectedness in my work and life. 


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Alyag Malkhassian