Terlemezian Art College (Yerevan, Armenia), 1981, BFA, Painting
Art Center College of Design
About My Art
As an artist, my goal is to express my philosophy of life. My art is about people and how we choose to live.
I aim to make art more vivid than life itself. To achieve that, I look at the world in a new way. I do not paint my images down to the last detail. To keep my art simple, I focus on my subject's line. To make that line emotional, I emphasize my subject's movement, posture, and emotions. My line expresses those characteristics and emotional states that are inexpressible in words.
A wealth of technique is worthless in itself. My technique serves my intended meaning. And the meaning of my work originates from life.
Srboohie Abajian – 2000
About "All Roads Lead To People"
As an immigrant, I have a fresh perspective on American society. The diversity of cultures, values, and lifestyles inspires me to explore social themes.
Being around immigrants, I observed that people from all over the world move to the U.S. to have a better life. Immigrants enrich American society with their unique cultural values, but they risk adopting American society's tendency toward overconsumption. Understanding this dilemma inspired me to create my “Getting It” (2011) and “Finding Value” (2012) series, exploring the ways that people “get” what is important to them—whether this be inconsequential material goods, or all the spiritually fulfilling activities in our lives. “Finding Value” was one exploration of urban communities.
Recently, I have observed how separation and lack of communication can lead to depression. Interpersonal relationships are sacrificed for the sake of pursuing materialistic goals. My new series "All Roads Lead To People" explores the essence of the human need for companionship, and how this plays out in the urban immigrant population. I want my art to inspire my audience to feel the joy and beauty of human communication and interaction.
My large-scale acrylic drawings on canvas (about 52"x36") portray human forms in novel compositions and thought-provoking juxtapositions.
I choose line drawings for their simplicity and immediacy. I infuse this line with rich characteristics and emotions to heighten the impact of my imagery.
Srboohie Abajian – 2013