Portrait of Grandmother 1
Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
100 x 75 cm
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$500 - $800
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ABOUT Moushegh Karavartanian
Moushegh Karavartanian is a Lebanese Armenian artist, born in Beirut in 1992. His work focuses on canvas paintings using acrylic and oil paint. He has created many murals of various sizes as commissions as well as volunteer work, and participated in several local and international collective exhibitions including “Heritage of Emotions” at...
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I created this artwork at a time when, due to various circumstances, my family was forced to put my grandmother in a retirement home. I would visit her whenever I longed for her unconditional love and simple glow and presence. Eventually, I realized that her situation was deteriorating, therefore I decided to take a series of photographs of her seated on the bed at the retirement home. Finally, I captured her expressions from the series and merged them in a triptych before she died. This artwork is the first of the series. I used acrylic paint to capture the immediacy of the gestures in the moment and create a sort of movement throughout the work. I focused and outlined her portrait in charcoal to create a sort of permanence, a boundary between her fading background and her being because it didn't matter to me, wherever she may be, she will always be present. I emphasized and exaggerated her special features, such as her twisted and crippled fingers, and the wrinkled texture of her skin due to old age. I was captivated by her facial expression, so full of hope, love, and despair all at once.
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