Join us for a free opening reception for Palimpsest, an art exhibition “unveiling the multiple layers of Betty Zakoian,” according to curators Leonard Cicero and Heather Holbus.
Betty Zakoian was a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915. “An orphan who demonstrated perseverance, she lived a full life, eventually becoming a proud mother and creator of whimsical, yet haunting, visuals. As a self-taught artist, Zakoian documented the extraordinary trials and triumphs of her life through painting and drawing,” said Holbus. Characterized by rich, vibrant colors, abstract patterns and dynamic lines, her aesthetic balances lightness and darkness.
Her subjects range from the harassment she faced at the hands of the Turks and her long walk from Armenia to Greece, to iconic images of mother and child to workers plowing fields. “It is through these subjects that audiences will peel back and explore the many layers of Zakoian’s story and, in a way, the Armenian genocide itself,” according to Cicero. “In this exhibition, Zakoian’s paintings function as a visual diary, chronicling the events of her past to both reveal her memories and connect her to the greater world and community.”
Intuit is grateful to the Thomas McCormick Gallery and the Zakoian family for their generous gift of Betty’s work to Intuit’s collection.
Refreshments will be served during the opening reception.