Zari Kazandjian is a Canadian artist of Armenian decent currently living and working in Montreal, Canada. Encouraged by her parents, she began painting and drawing at a very young age. While she never considered a career in the arts, she decided to take her bachelor degree in art history at Mcgill university and Followed up by training as a graphic designer. After completing her studies, she choose to pursue another passion, horses. Still the pull of her first love was too great and she returned to her paintings
The idea of fighting her true nature is ever present in her work. Almost as though each canvas is a search for identity, even though being perfectly aware of it.
The great masters of the Renaissance and Baroque have been a great influence in her work but it was not until she first saw Robert Rauschenberg painting “Rebus” in high-school that her perception of art took on a new direction.
Zari works with texture. She begins by “staining” her surfaces with paint but also utilizing the recycled engine oil from her farm. Through carefully calculated chaos she creates a dialogue. A conversation of sorts, that triggers the imagination of her viewer. Her canvases tell a story. One that depends on the viewer and their state of mind as they step in front of the canvas. She thinks of the canvas as a mirror that will reflect your story back to you.
While her work is dominated by the horse, she also experiments with abstract expressions that hint at landscapes. Over the years she began to combine the two influences in her art, to merge them almost as though she is attempting to create a whole version of herself on the canvas.
“Art is like a mirror, wether you are the artist or the viewer you can see yourself on the surface. You project your thoughts and emotions and transform the piece into what it is you are or what it is that you are feeling in that given moment.
It becomes what you want to see. It becomes what you want it to be. Your mood, your values, your history all of your being come together to reveal something different to each individual.
The same piece can be happy and hopeful to one person and desperately sad to another. It is unrelenting and honest. As all true art should be.”