How did you start making paper?
I was searching for new techniques for projects, and I found a woman in Jordan, an artist herself, who taught me how to make paper. Later I did lots of experiments and finally developed my own techniques by adding okra, Armenian herbs and other materials.
What’s your inspiration for your prints?
My main inspirations are old scripts, manuscripts and history. For example, in 2006, a whole grave of Armenian cross-stones was destroyed in Julfa. I was so sad that I couldn’t stop thinking about recreating them on paper. I sort of gave them a second life, and this is how I struggle to preserve my culture.
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How do you express tradition and innovation in your work?
I firmly believe that the old techniques and traditions can be turned into something innovative. With my prints in various languages, maps, and cross-stones, I want to show that the old can be turned into new. We can’t read those scripts, but they can be an art piece to look at.
What's been the most memorable event in your career?
I think one of the most memorable experiences was when I was presenting my work at the Armenian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. It was a great experience and a dream, as it was located next to the old Armenian printmaking exhibition on Saint Lazarro island.