The Lost Empire by Arevik Tserunyan is a sculptural installation accompanied by an intriguing theatrical performance and music. You will discover new dimensions and forms you had no idea existed. You will discover the odd, the broken, the lost. This is a royal tableau of a fictitious empire, encrusted with sappy and bejeweled materials. This exhibition was created out of an attempt to balance the deeply solemn and weighty history of Armenia and lineages of the past with a sense of the absurd, questioning the importance of these stories. Because of this balance, we look at a royal scene through the lens of a circus, in which individuals struggle for the mirage of nonexistent power.
Born in 1987 in Yerevan, Armenia, Tserunyan received her BA in English, Spanish and Education from Yerevan State Linguistic University and a MFA from the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (YSAFA). During her MFA studies at YSAFA, Arevik focused on drawing and painting. She specialized in Western Impressionistic and Armenia Post-Impressionistic styles, a mixture of constructivism and post-soviet artistic movements, influenced by the Russian traditional academic school. In her second year at YSAFA, she was commissioned to do illustrations for a Bulgarian fairy tales collection, published the following year.
In 2013, she enrolled in the Master’s program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In the U.S., Tserunyan began exploring other media with new works in collage, sculpture, fashion and exhibits with large-scale installations. Currently, her concentration is installations at various scales, which are often accompanied by narratives interspersed with drawings and illustrations.