Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Jo Nanajian

As an artist that indulges in many mediums, it’s difficult to identify exactly what my category of artistry truly is. Technically, I’d consider myself to be a painter, but I really paint through textures. The sculptural aspect of my work creates dialogues between each other which in turn tells a story of the emotions that are embedded deep within myself. Driven by my intuition and gesture, I create these large scale abstracted pieces with a goal of capturing the unprocessed emotions from feelings of lost control. The repressed memories that were pushed so far down my consciousness are finally being built back up through this additive process of textured material on canvas. All these emotions and explorations are a response to the death of my “American Dream.”