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Repatriation Art and Ethnographic Project Journal

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Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 5, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As I was working on a new painting to be debuted at the May 22nd presentation in Burbank, I added another balloon.  Several of my paintings include balloons as both the object and the symbol.  As the object, it is present in many repatriate photographs during their years in Soviet Armenia as a popular item during May Day celebrations.  What this object concealed was its ephemeral qualities.  The balloon represents childhood innocence and dreams, yet its physical presence is constantly in danger from either the unexpected sudden rupture or from a slow and agonizing demise.  I find the multitude of symbolic representations that the "balloon" can embodies quite intriguing.  Similarily, the clothesline is a fascinating image that can be metaphorically used.  Again, it is an object present in many repatriate photographs during time in Armenia.  I have been incorporating both of these objects in my later work.  Completing the trio of motifs used in my work is the representation of the "halo" as one would find in religious iconography.  Other names of this include the nimbus or the aureole.  I allude to the "ring of light" with geometric bands of color surrounding the head of one of my subjects.  My intent is to reference its connection with sacred art, within which the "ring of light" denotes holy figures yet also images of rulers and heroes, or persons to be revered or honored.  Since most, if not all of my work contain symbolic elements, I feel compelled to write about each painting's iconography.  For this, I plan to begin a page in this website that explains my intent behind the work.  However, I am equally as interested to know how others assess about my composition.  Therefore, I hope to engage into a dialogue of my work that may lead it more and more to an honest place of reflection.

H


General Comment from Fresno

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 4, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you, Hazel, for addressing this very important historical issue through your art and writings. I admire your scholarly research, diplomacy and creative approach to exploring the complexities of the Armenian repatriation. I look forward to your exhibition opening.


Jacqueline Doumanian, March 20, 2013


Excerpt from a Note to the Artist

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"Dear Hazel,

 

I have re-read your essay on 'Repatration and Deception'...you have been brilliant in finding a way to examine not only a personal history but in the larger context of a people's historical contextual search for fulfillment...I am fascinated by your accomplishments and offer my deepest respect and congratulations on your creative scholarship."

 

Jacquelin Pilar, Friend and the Former Curator of the Fresno Art Museum. Note received by the artist on March 28, 2013.

Excerpt from a Letter to the Artist

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"Dear Hazel,

 

Thanks, thanks for the great presentation [March 21, 2013] of a mostly sore subject for many of us. It certainly brought back memories that have been dormant for years...[and] a subject that was chiefly dormant in our collective memory."

 

Zabel Chookaszian Melconian, Armenian-American Repatriate of 1947, originally from New York. Note received by the artist on March 26, 2013.

Message from France

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on May 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Je viens de vous découvrir grâce à armenews.  Bravo pour vos tableaux ! Ils sont très beaux , très touchants! I like very much the association abstraction and reality!

Ida Ceccaldi Der Haroutunian, April 28, 2013

Message from Tom Mooradian

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on December 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I just received a wonderful message from Tom Mooradian.  He was the first American-Armenian to leave Soviet Armenia and the first in the American group of repatriates to write his memoirs.  He also has a website (which is linked to mine--see LINKS page).  What is great about Tom's message to me, after he visited my website, is that it gives me continued strength to go on with my project.  I don't think he'll mind if I quote a few words here.  He wrote to me on December 17, 2012, the following:

I have read every word. Looked at every photo. And with each turn of the page, you have brought back so many memories. :And with those memories came the tears. Excellent work.....TM

Thank you Tom and thanks to all those who believe in what I am doing.

Hazel

First Entry

Posted by Hazel Antaramian Hofman on December 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I am so grateful to have this opportunity to share with you my personal documentation of my travels and meetings with repatriates.  

The first of my blog entries is to "THANK" all the repatriates and their families for allowing me to listen to their stories and for sharing their personal photographs.  I feel honored that they have allowed me to use personal material to document this historic period in their lives.

Via this website's blog, I encourage engaging dialogue with repatriates and any one interested in sharing information for the historical record. This way I hope to provide another avenue of providing primary data on the subject matter.  It is my goal to put much of what I have collected into print format along with the images collected.

Hazel



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