Sophia Gasparian is known for her sociopolitical work. As an artist, she thrives on blatant political subjects. Sophia was born in Yerevan, Armenia.
Sophia’s work began in experimental film and later transitioned to installation combining video, sound and painting. In 2002, Sophia developed the installation â€œThe Day of the Dead: Armenian Genocide 1915.â€ In 2005, she co-curated an international group exhibition â€œRequiem for the Genocideâ€ with Yerevan MOCA.
Constantly pushing barriers, Gasparian recently completed the â€œForced to Confront the Face of Evilâ€ series. Her narrative paintings intertwine childlike innocence with sociopolitical criticism and her aesthetic approach remains apart from mainstream art, incorporating stencils, stickers, spray paint and other nontraditional media.
This fundraiser will benefit the nonprofit organization, A Window Between Worlds. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, A Window Between Worlds has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence, through art programs.
The event is presented in collaboration with Heidi Gray and the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station, as well as several other prominent Los Angeles galleries.
Sophia talks about how she became involved with the projcect, â€œDuring a group exhibition “Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn” where my work was a part of, I was asked by the curators J. Cheryl Bookout and Amanda Quinn Olivar to participate in “Artworks for Healing” to help end domestic violence using art. It is an honor to participate and be among a great company of people who care about public issues.â€
Additional â€œArtworks for Healingâ€ artists include: Kim Abeles, Janet Inez Adams, Peter Alexander, Herb Alpert, Larry Bell, Janet Bothne, Amy Caterina, Chase, Chukes, Charlie de Mar, Marie Lalanne Elfman, Ned Evans, Shepard Fairey, Samantha Fields, Ed Freeman, Sophia Gasparian, Curt Gunther, Gadi Hakim, James Hayward, David Hume Kennerly, Sally Lamb, Michele Lee, Victoria Levine, Bernie Lewinsky, David Lloyd, Don Morris, Ed Moses, Terry Romero Paul, Zandra Rhodes, Cathy Salser, John Sexton, Rena Small, Myron Stephens, Lauren Szabo, Ann Thornycroft, Tim Townsley, William Wegman, and Ron Zheng.
â€œArtworks for Healingâ€ will be held Feb. 8th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, at Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda BLvd, in Brentwood. The evening will feature an art auction, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.
For more information and tickets($75) :www.skirball.org
For more information on Gasparian: www.sophiagasparian.com
For more information on the event: http://awbw.org/awbw/donate-event_detail.php?id=178