My work is not telling a specific story. When successful, it conveys an intimacy that is mysterious and not easily defined. It is the result of my actions and response to experience, observation and chance.

I paint on and use found objects and collage because the elements of chance and the accidental mirror the process of discovery in how I work. The process of adding and removing, snipping, pasting, painting and scraping, takes each piece through multiple stages. 

My job is to witness that moment of insight and rescue it, not unlike the method I employ when I decide what piece of trash to salvage from the street, or find along my way.

I am Armenian-American, the offspring of a people whose history is rooted in Diaspora. My intuitive response to this lack of place and the negation of history, by some, is to make objects that trace to, and build onto a collective memory.

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