The spirit of peace was hovering at the Faculty of Art Education on April 26, with Armenian pumpkins and tapestries adorning the walls of the hall.
Heriqnaz Khachikyan, a third-year student of the University [Department of Applied Art], devoted her inaugural exhibition entitled the “Spirit of Peace” to the servicemen defending Armenia’s borders thanks to whom we feel ‘the breath of peace’ with every new day.
Heriqnaz exhibited 26 pumpkins and 8 tapestries. One of the pumpkins was made from clay.
Her love for pumpkins was rekindled since childhood when she heard the story of her grandmother who kept food and other necessary items in pumpkins because she did not have applicable accessories after migration. “As soon as I heard the story I decided to paint on pumpkins. I found them and worked on them using different colours. Whenever we learn something new about Applied Art I immediately use it on pumpkins,” Heriqnaz said to aspu.am. The student says she works on pumpkins with great love and dedication. She is going to study the design of metal and metal mixtures to be able to use them on pumpkins.
Among the showcased works, the student singled out a tapestry which she named “One Day” and dedicated to her grandfather and the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Anush Yeghiazaryan, Head of the Chair of Design and Decorative Applied Arts, said ‘she feels the efforts and energy that exist in the works.’ “I would like to see more exhibitions of this kind open in the future. The exhibition is a great achievement for the author at her age and under those conditions. Higher level art can be seen and perceived in these tapestries. I would like you to create more tapestries in the future,” Anush Yeghiazaryan said addressing her words to the author.
“The exhibited works were a discovery for me: each pumpkin reminds me of a human being; it is full of life and has some image. The success of this exhibition is thanks to the author and her lecturers,” said Ara Hakobyan, Head of the Chair of Theory and History of Art and Cultural Studies.
Speaking about the exhibition, Aramayis Gevorgyan, a lecturer of the Chair of Art, emphasized the author’s originality, mentality and unique approach. “The author did not set any limits. She searched, thought and created these unique pieces which are original and attractive in their form and colours. It is obvious the author has worked with determination and motivation to prove that she is able to think and create and she is useful to society and to the world,” Mr Gevorgyan stressed in his speech.
On behalf of the students, Zaruhi Khachatryan, who chairs the Student Council of the Faculty of Art Education, congratulated everyone on the occasion and said Heriqnaz Khachikyan has always differed from others with her unique style and has served as a stimulus for many students.
In the end, Heriqnaz Khachikyan thanked her parents, lecturers and Armenian servicemen. The exhibition ended with the release of a white dove as a symbol of peace.