Susanna Arakelyan

Susanna Arakelyan creates mixed media artworks, paintings, drawings and media art. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Susanna seduces the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.

An alumina of National Center of the Aesthetics in graphic design and
illustration, she holds a BA in Industrial design from Yerevan State University. In 2000 -2003 she has attended an MFA at Rijksademie van Beeldendale Kunatsten in Amsterdam (NL). Her works are shown in private and gallery collections worldwide. Arakelyan‘s mixed media artworks don‘t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.

By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday
aesthetic of middle class values, she creates intense personal moments
masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role.

Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. Her works are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned.

By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she wants to amplify
the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that
generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. Her works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. By emphasising aesthetics, she tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality
that develops through different interpretations.

Her works sometimes radiate a cold and latent violence. At times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness,
along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the
reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By applying abstraction, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.

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