Moving to the U.S. from Armenia 17 years ago, I came to realize that people from all over the world emigrate from their homelands to America to live a better life, to get a good education, a good job, and be safe. But too many immigrants fall captive to the rich world addiction to overconsumption. My awareness of this problem inspired me to create “Getting It”.
Through “Getting It” I explore how people “get” what they need… to satisfy their different values, lifestyles, and addictions. We often see people collecting material goods to make them happy, instead of collecting positive emotions and thoughts. My goal for this project is to make my audience feel and understand that they can decide how to live… that they can choose what to “get” from life.
My “Getting It” public art project is a series of window installations displayed on a building facade in downtown Glendale. Each installation is a three-dimensional assemblage of prints on fabric and paper. To maintain simplicity in my images, I use only line. And my unique oil monotype technique gives my line a sense of vibrancy.
—Srboohie Abajian, 2011
Artist Srboohie Abajian never knows when inspiration might strike her. For instance, an idea will sometimes flicker in her mind while she’s driving, causing her “to stop and get any paper I find in the car and write very fast,” she said. More
Srboohie Abajian’s thoughtfulness about the responsibility of an artist to thread great stylized technique, together with an expression of the essence of the subject matter, is apparent in the presentation in suite 180 on the Broadway side of the building at 101 N. Brand Blvd... More