Today we’d like to introduce you to Sevag Mahserejian.
Sevag, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My upbringing was infused with culture and art. Our house resembled an Armenian museum with its walls decorated and highlighted with paintings, the kitchen always erupting with new concoctions, and the living room alive with melodic tunes. Being immersed in art, in any one of its forms, was the norm. Though music and drawing were always present, my first attraction was to theatre and writing. This became my focus throughout my youth and adolescence. After graduating university and traveling, my doodles would begin their transition from my personal notebook onto a much larger canvas.
While working as a behavior therapist, my secret weapon to connecting with children diagnosed with autism was always art. My days were occupied with infusing art with psychology and my nights were usually spent hidden away in a studio developing my skills. Participating in local group shows and exhibitions allowed me to establish a portfolio that I could now showcase, pushing my limits with each opportunity. It wasn’t until a few select opportunities of large commissions that propelled me to further break my boundaries. Illustrations became paintings, paintings shifted to murals and stencils, and finally I began creating installation art pieces.
Facing the obstacles and logistics of bringing an installation art concept to fruition was what induced my confidence in creating art. I am now preparing for my second solo exhibition and I take each opportunity to showcase my work as a means to progress and experiment with new medium.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I expect certain criteria in creating artwork that I deem worthy of showcasing to others. A smooth road is definitely not one. It’s a constant struggle, emotional and physical, to disgorge oneself of an idea and bear the responsibility of shaping it into a presentable form.
When I dive into a new project or decide to learn a new medium, there is always the initial feeling of facing an unknown world, the weight of a waterfall, and the persisting questioning of how to execute giving a concept its physical form. It is a terrible feeling, a pressure you cannot rid yourself with until you’ve completed the artwork, however it is a welcomed feeling, because without it, I cannot learn or progress. It is always a stage that I look for to signal that I’m on the right track.
After experiencing this a multitude of times, it feeds into confidence. Specifically, the confidence that the obstacles and struggles that await are no different with each project, it’s just part of the process which you’ll continue to figure out time and time again.
Please tell us about Art of Sev.
Artwork created is showcased in local galleries and during group and solo exhibitions. For commission artwork or more information, please visit: www.artofsev.com.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My twin sister and I once stole a classmate’s retainers because the box resembled a puck. We then convinced everyone else to play hockey with it. The retainers broke and we all had to write an apology note…it was a great game though!