Since 2010 I have been interlacing threads to create fabric.
My father’s parents were a needle worker and a watchmaker; my mother’s parents, an activist writer and a matriarch who stitched people together with food. I come from fine artisans and social practitioners all working toward rebuilding a community, a people, from the remnants of the Armenian genocide. Their callings manifest in the ways in which I work. I use the craft of weaving, with concepts, people and multiple media as my threads to build the future I envision, utilizing the tools I have inherited.
The child of an immigrant, descendant of refugees with no true homeland to return to, I grew up between multiple communities and identities, never fully one or the other. Likewise, this became further complicated as I began to discover my gender identity, not quite man or woman, but something without definition between the two.
In turn, my work involves the in between and the intersection. From my earliest works focused on transition in the seasonal cycle, to the threshold space in ritual transformation to the nature of weaving itself, I have always been concerned with what lives in the space between the well-defined, the expected, the categorical.
These grey areas are where glimpses of the future can be seen; a future that holds a home built for those who can no longer return to the homes of their ancestors, for those who live as hybrids, those who live outside of social standard. The future I envision is deeply rooted in the culture, practices and vibrancy we have inherited from our ancestors, yet is one that has room for hybridity, experimentation and unity across cultural divisions.
Harnessing intuition and divination as viable research methods, I create experiences, objects, and visions of a world in transition toward a new paradigm fueled by collaboration, creativity and equity. I create because I believe a new world is possible.
I am an oracle, facing the past, unearthing bridges to future flames.
Photography by Noah Elliott Morrison