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Artist Crush: Arpie Gennetian Najarian

July 2nd, 2010 · No Comments

A while ago I came across the mixed-media work of Arpie Gennetian Najarian at Brooklyn gallery, Muriel Guepin, and I’ve been meaning to write about it since. Arpie’s work is soft and subtle, and much of its richness lies in the details. The artist previously worked as a graphic designer which you can see in her rather precise compositions. Her work explores the moment-to-moment changes in the world around us and as she says, “things that are both predictable and unpredictable at the same time, like a tree whose leaves vary slightly in shape, or the morphing outline of a spilled puddle of tea.”

Najarian’s work incorporates an unusual mix of materials: ink, pencil, thread and paper. The tactile act of sewing is an important part of Najarian’s craft, one that she learned from her grandmother at an early age.

In the artist’s words, “each piece is designed first by collecting and cropping portions of my own drawings, texts, and other works on paper. These elements are then carefully considered, sorted and arranged onto larger backgrounds and hand-sewn into place.” In this way the basic elements of Najarian’s work, her loose sketches and organic shapes, are layered in her work.