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Artist Statement

These depictions of bombed buildings, interiors, and landscapes of Lebanon examine a new hope, while expressing the atrocities of war. Unforgiving Sharpie lines emerge through layers of paint, mimicking insistent memories from my childhood- growing up during the Lebanese civil war.

These paintings convey the marks of my fragmented identity-Lebanese, Armenian and American. Another visual element, writing gradually weaves through the layers of intricate imagery. Whether Armenian, Arabic or English - these familiar and often simple words are sometimes fragments of my poetry. There is an unrelenting focus in showing beauty in humanity’s resilience during the most harrowing times.