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 the rich world 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 their lives.
Recently, I have been observing how interpersonal relationships are too often sacrificed for the sake of pursuing materialistic goals. Separation and lack of communication can lead to depression. My series “All Roads Lead To People” explores the human need for companionship, and how this plays out in the urban immigrant community. 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 portray human forms in novel compositions and thought-provoking juxtapositions. I choose line drawings for their simplicity and immediacy. I enrich this line with character and emotion to heighten the impact of my imagery.
—Srboohie Abajian, 2013
In her latest series, titled "All Roads Lead to People," material objects are still a focus in her art, as something that can drive a wedge between people, particularly when human connection suffers in the face of materialistic ambition. She said she's seen how a lack of communication between people can lead to separation and depression.... More