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AS IS | Artashes Sardarian


From Armavir, Armenia

Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina

"I like imperfect forms and interesting materials so that's why one of my first conscious works began with experiments with resin and natural crystals."

ARV : Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

A: I have been creative since the childhood and always went to museums and galleries, I loved it. Yet, like most people in the Post - Soviet Space, I was afraid to enter an art university. Because it was considered that it was almost impossible to become a successful and highly-paid artist. That’s why I entered a prestigious economic university.

When I graduated and received a diploma I started interviewing. There were many stages of exhausting job interviews in large international financial companies and at the finish line I realized that this is not my thing.

So me and my best friend Katerina Marchenko, who is now one of the most successful embroidery artists, decided to open our studio together. We started giving workshops and creating lots and lots of art. That’s how I began my journey into the big world of art.

ARV : What inspires you the most?

A: In art and creativity, I like imperfect forms and interesting materials so that's why one of my first conscious works began with experiments with resin and natural crystals. I tried to recreate the shape and texture of the jagged edges of natural minerals and I decided to add real flowers to them to make the final objects look magical. So I created my first collection of trays and furniture "Flowering Crystal"

ARV : Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?

A: I have no special rituals. The most important thing in my working process is that I have a clear idea in my head of what and how I want to create, when I have it, I just start doing it. That’s simple.

ARV : What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

A: Create and create, try different techniques, experiment, and one wonderful day, you will find your style, don’t be afraid of judgment, and most important: do not give up and do not stop creating ever.

ARV : Your top 3 adjectives related to art?

A: Emotional, touching, ethereal.

ARV : The best angle to look at art is from …?

A: I believe that there is no universal answer to this question. Everyone looks at and perceives the same work of art in their way since we all have our own life experiences and associations. The main thing is to be open to any creativity.

ARV : The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?

A: Hey, let me show you something …

ARV : Must - read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them) ?

A: I don't think there is any list of books that you must read to talk about art. Just every time you see an artwork that touches your heart and makes you feel something, you can read about the author, explore his biography, and other artworks, understand what he/she wanted to demonstrate with his/hers art, and then over and over again you will accumulate enough knowledge to keep the conversation going and share your point of view.

ARV : If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

A: In the modern world, art is too closely connected with marketing so if you are not good at sales tools then you are unlikely to become a famous and rated artist. That’s why I would like galleries to appreciate unknown artists more and give them chances to show their art.

ARV : Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)

A: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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