Emily Keyishian was raised in New Jersey and New York City to a mixed family of Armenians from Turkey and Jews from the Ukraine. She has been creating professionally in NJ, NYC, and CA since 1997. She taps into the psychological with her work, delving into what is familiar: the dark, awkward, uneven spaces, the brambles, the chaos and beauty of nature. By using the botanical as a base she explores the internal world of belonging while feeling rootless. The abstract allows the turmoil of not belonging, being uprooted and out of place to become a conversation with the canvas, relating to her own feelings of displacement and diaspora, being forced off or out and no longer having a native land. She tries replicate that feeling using pattern and color. But also encouraging the viewer to feel what the paintings mean to them. The conversation continues, without there being a “right” answer. She loves that the work can be both comforting and unsettling at the same time.
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