Artist Statement

  

My work reinterprets traditional crafts and reintroduces them in new ways. Inspirations stem from Armenian cultural practice, ornamentation, pattern and folklore. Using multimedia techniques, such as wood, metal, ceramic, drawing, print or whatever I can get my hands on, I am referencing art history and enforcing a sense of nostalgia, which is a constant in my work. 

Currently exploring form and its interaction with the body, repetition and expansion have become predominant themes and making pieces that can be worn create an all-encompassing sensorial experience. The meditative aspect of each step has become symbolic as well and actions that seem mundane building up to something larger has come to represent the interconnectedness of life. The spiritual experience that accompanies each piece teaches me about life and my own journey through honouring my past and those that have come before me. 

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Alyag Malkhassian