Born and raised in Iran Sara Issakharian has witnessed her homeland being ravaged by many wars. Issakharian’s early memories include fleeing with her family during the Eight Year war with Iraq, living from shelter to shelter trying to escape the constant bombings. Issakharian loves to delve into Iran’s surviving rich cultural history, and has taken that inspiration forward into her art.
In 2009 she participated in the Iranian Green Movement, which to many became a symbol of unity and hope for a brighter future. Around this time Issakharian developed a particular interest in German expressions of art. The memory of the atrocities of WW II had galvanized many strong artistic works and in particular Issakharian remains very influenced by Joseph Beuys’ ideas about art and philosophy. Beuys famously explored how art may exercise a healing effect (on both the artist and the audience) when it takes up psychological, social, and/or political subjects. Issakharian, comments: ‘My work has been affected by so many painful social issues. Art is my way not to fall foul of the truth. I seek somehow to find hope and a better future for my homeland.’
Issakharian likes to depict stories of people living their everyday lives, whether it be celebrating the good times or fearing the bad; to show light as well as darkness in all things, as they co-exist equally in life and therefore as represented in her art. Sara has recently completed her Iranian Wedding series of work that was painted in Tehran. This latest body of work really reflects Issakharian’s blossoming self confidence in both her figurative refinement and use of colour, creating some outstanding work with real character and incredible expressionism and imagery.
Issakharian graduated from the New York Academy of Art summer of 2015 and is now based in LA.
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