Anna Muradyan’s work is based on her heritage. As food is her focal point, it has been the drive and bridge between her American home and her Armenian upbringing. Muradyan’s subject matter includes depictions of her Armenian heritage, defined by abstract figures going about everyday Armenian domestic scenes, specifically eating dinner on a busy dining room table. Growing up isolated from her culture, Armenian food had always been a way she felt connected to her heritage, as food has been a language that is most understood.
Vivid, saturated hues pay homage to late 70s soviet era Armenian painters, as Muradyan has always looked up to the works of Minas Avetisyan and Martiros Saryan. Figures are painted in a myriad of long or short brushstrokes, layering bands of color in order to keep details ambiguous whilst building depth and form. With this lack in detail, these figures may be under the theme of the Armenian culture, but still show that these domestic scenes are everyday things that anyone of any background can relate to, which was something Muradyan always wanted; she has always wanted to find a way to relate to you.
Muradyan grew up in the East Bay Area and is currently a third year graduate student studying for her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy.