EYE IMAGINATION

Fine Arts and Sculpture

David Grigorian

          I was born hearing impaired on the opposite end of the world, in Armenia. I remember watching my parents' mouths move, as I observed how the lips moved pronouncing every single letter.  I have learned to lip-read. Since I was relying on visual information with my eyes to learn, I began to express myself visually. When I was a year old, I began to draw with pencils and markers. My artwork was very flat, and the figures were nothing more than sticks and circles. I was always searching for my own style by drawing from a world inspired by my imagination.

            When I was eleven, my family and I moved to Japan for three years. I got my first hearing aids. Suddenly my silent world was shifted to one with sounds. My art also shifted forward as I acquired a sense of form, space, and greater detail. This allowed me to access an even deeper part of my imaginary  world. I challenged myself to conjure up artwork never seen before. It had to be something so original, so personal, so unique, and out of this world that only I make it. 

            When I was fourteen, my family and I moved to United States. I switched from making art on 9”X11” paper to 22”X28” paper and other bigger surfaces. My overall sense of composition improved. My figures became more three dimensional and lifelike, and I grasped better understanding of color. I noticed that my characters lacked years and had oversized eyes. Soon I understood the importance of the eyes in my life, and with that I quickly produced brand new works of art. My new compositions consisted of large eyes racing, twisting, moving, and flying through space leaving long colorful tails behind.

            My current art has a lot of movement, bright and contrasting colors, three dimensional subjects, sense of space, sense of balance, symmetry, light and shadow, depth, perspective, and emotions. Which propelled me to use acrylics, and later oil paint. As it allowed me more flexibility and expression to make my art. It allowed me to paint what I couldn't with pencils. Compositions such as the Dragon painting and “Eyes of the Storm.”

            In 2009, I transformed the eyes from my paintings to sculptures. I started to make high fired clay eyeball sculptures. The size of sculptures is around 17”X18”X18” and 48 pounds. The sculptures stand of the flat stone pedestals 12”X12”   Twelve flat stones stacked on top of one another. But any pedestal is good for the sculptures as long as it is heavier. The sculptures are rain, snow, ice, cold, heat, and wind resistant. 

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