Today we’d like to introduce you to Arevik Tserunyan.
Arevik, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1987. I took my artistic path when I got introduced to the collages and films of Sergey Parajanov. I got highly influenced and inspired by them and firmly decided to become an artist and continue the traditions of his surreal journey.
Nevertheless, the love of art didn’t prevent me from going to linguistic university, where I developed my other passions; writing and learning several languages. Later in my life, I used the knowledge I gained in the linguistic and pedagogical university to teach art to kids.
After completing my first masters in fine arts from National Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan, I moved to Boston to get my MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. There, I studied under the supervision of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Gerry Bergstein, Ethan Murrow who developed my transition from a classical, post-impressionist painter into a multi-media, collage installation, graphic, storyteller artist.
Currently, I work at the Armenian Museum of America as an artist in residence. Part of my residency is an art school for young students, which is a little art laboratory, where students learn to develop critical thinking, experiment with various media and expand their creative potential.
Has it been a smooth road?
The biggest struggle was being a female artist from a developing country (Armenia), where the economy and social mentality are not creating a good base for women to develop in that sphere. Armenia is close to European standards, but still, far for the global art market. The biggest challenge in the United States as an artist was finding my way in a totally different environment, overcome the culture shock, find my unique voice and try to speak with it.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
They say that an artist maneuvers around one notion throughout his creative life. The general concept of my artistic path is life and death, which in itself is a form of resilience. My current work is called “Clouds.” Which is a big project that consists of several parts. The sculptural part of the project is currently in Galatea Gallery within the show “Resiliency and Resistance.” The second part of it includes collages and a video projection on Armenian needle laces. The opening is going to be in the Armenian Museum of America, on October 23rd, at 7 pm. You don’t want to miss it (and I will be there).
“Clouds” is about the Armenian Genocide, presented in a very metaphysical manner. Basically, the Genocide was a tragic reason to speak about the eternal topic of life and death. We are constantly searching for the answers and meanings of these two basic notions. Unfortunately, we don’t know for sure, but at least, I’m content that through art, our search becomes more enriching and meaningful.
I am very proud of being part of an artistic cast, who try to push in art surrealistic, conceptual thinking as well as show the power of visual effects and carry best traditions of Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Briegel.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I think the issues lie in the art market and the lack of means and authority of female artist, which is not a new problem. We still have a long way to go to solve it, but the evidence shows that there is a vast number of brilliant contemporary female artists, which makes me think of a revolution in the society and in the art world.
- Website: areviktserunyan.com
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Images from the installations “Clouds”, “The Lost Empire”, “Terror”