“Wounded Trees:” Exhibition opens at ASPU  
01.03.2023
“Wounded Trees:” Exhibition opens at ASPU   

 

"Sevada Sargsyan's art is a deeply interpreted art which shows the pain in his heart, his anger, anguish and protest. The sick and wounded trees do not only reflect the thoughts of a person who has seen the horrors of the war, but are also a direct allegory of our Homeland, our sacred land and environment. Bearing the pain and anxiety and turning them into fine arts, aestheticism, he [Sevada Sargsyan] has been able to present his multi-layered and profound art," Varditer Gamaghelyan, Assistant Professor at the Chair of Art History, Theory and Cultural Studies, said during Sevada Sargsyan's solo exhibition (entitled "Wounded Trees") which opened at ASPU on March 1.

The art critic says Sevada Sargsyan has a subtle sense of colour, artistic thinking, used the principle of collage, worked with oil paints and puts a lot of implicit things into his paintings. That’s why the pain of his soul must be revealed layer by layer. "Somehow, he went to the outside world, saw the affection and love for nature and the surrounding environment and expressed what he managed to understand with pain and love. Through self-denial, overcoming his “self”, he entered a new creative stage."

The exhibition entitled "Wounded Trees" features 35 paintings of the artist, the works of the last two years painted after the war. The collection includes graphics, paintings, applique, collage and sculptures, with the main focus on environmental issues.

The core of the collection is a tree struck by artillery fire on the frontline. Through the paintings the artist tried to display not only the horrors of war, but the negative human impact on nature.

Dean of the Faculty of Art Education Ara Hakobyan confesses that the ideas and thoughts of the exhibited works made him experience feelings that he had not had for a long time.

The professor says regardless of its title, the exhibition is full of love. He hopes that the wounded trees [in the paintings] will be healed and standing upright at the next exhibition, symbolizing awakening – something that each and every Armenian dreams of. "Artist Sevada Sargsyan has his own style and handwriting. One can see in his paintings not only painter’s skills, but also the philosophical and psychological experiences he had during the 44-day war. This is a dialogue between the artist and visitors, rather than an exhibition,” Ara Hakobyan stressed.

Sevada Sargsyan says fine arts is a means of communication. Before the war [in Artsakh in 2020], he touched on environmental issues and concerns in his works, but several sketches made during the 44-day war [in Artsakh] became the basis of the artworks presented in the current exhibition. The artist believes that on the first day of spring it is necessary to not only praise nature and notice the beautiful, but also to draw people's attention to environmental issues, which are often caused by humans’ direct and harmful influence.

The artist-pedagogue with has 22 years of teaching experience, who is a graduate of the Pedagogical University, often hears that pedagogy and fine arts cannot go together.

However, he thinks he has been able to combine those two directions:pedagogy of art or art in pedagogy - the artist fell in love with all his heart.

"A completely different environment, a different philosophical problem, where you can see the feelings of disaster, war, a person’s inner world on the one hand, and awakening - love, life, kindness, continuity of life, on the other hand. The palette of images and fragments of death, which convey a sense of loss, are mixed with bright colors, bright nature, inspiring optimism," ASPU rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan said at the exhibition.

From the professional use of a brush to the embodiment of feelings, emotions, thoughts and ideas, acquisition of professional and personal development skills. The ASPU rector is sure that the exhibitions that have already become a good tradition at the faculty are unique master classes and dialogue in an art environment.

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