Artist-in-Residence since 2016, Arevik Tserunyan has found inspiration in the Museum’s needlelace collection, some of which were created by Armenian orphans during and after the Genocide. Others were made by women as part of a long-standing tradition. For Arevik, the painstaking and meticulous work of creating laces revealed these orphans’ resolve to endure after suffering unimaginable loss. Through the process of tying these intricate knots, the children created a way to connect to their stolen culture, while reconstructing their future.
Born in Yerevan and now living in Boston, the duality of Arevik’s existence is present in her work. Her experience of moving to the United States deepened her understanding of the struggle Genocide survivors faced with their cultural loss. Interacting with the Museum’s collections has allowed her to re-examine her cultural heritage. This personal rediscovery process is present in Amper, where Arevik explores the remnants of a world, once flourishing with life, now stained with death. The bonding nature of clouds connects humanity and unites generations as they travel the globe, paralleling the trauma of the Genocide, which in turn connects the Armenian people.