By Diana Gabrielyan
Painter Anaid Keshishian’s leap from the world of numbers to the art studio
Sweden-based Armenian painter Anaid Keshishian’s address is her studio where she doesn’t put her paintbrush down until her painting is hung on the wall of a gallery.
Young Anaid first chose linguistics as a profession. Later, she tried to play with numbers and chose economics. Eventually, she realized that she was born for the arts and started working with colors instead of numbers. She started getting involved in the arts later, but this was her final decision. Although she is fluent in many languages, today she speaks in the language of art.
Eritasard.am: Anaid, do you remember your first painting?
Anaid Keshishian: I remember it was an abstract painting. I took the paintbrush and started painting different colors and lines in different sizes, without thinking and without imagining how it would turn out. At that moment, I was simply conveying my inner feelings to the canvas. At the end, the abstract colors turned into penetrating eyes and then a rooster, and then a heart with feelings that decorated the cover of the book of an Estonian poet.
Eritasard.am: Red and blue are the main colors in your paintings. Why?
Anaid Keshishian: Yes, I love the contrast of red and blue! You know, since I live in a country where the weather is cold and since I have the warm blood of an Armenian, it seems as though these colors keep my life in balance. Red is a hot color, representing feelings, the power of life and love, and it is not by chance that people wear red saris during weddings in India. Red is also a color of success and wealth in China.
Blue is one of the colors that is used the most in the world and in nature. It represents the sea, the sky, purity and peace. It seems to tranquilize.
Eritasard.am: As far as I know, you like to paint women, but you don’t like to paint nature. Why?
Anaid Keshishian: Yes, I love to paint women. They inspire and charm me, and it is not by chance that women are portrayed in internationally recognized paintings. Whenever I paint, I remember the words of Picasso: “Women are suffering machines”. I must say that I don’t like to paint nature, but as soon as I move to Armenia, I will start painting nature as well. True, Sweden is a country where there is a lot of greenery and is rich in islands, but it is ordinary. For me, Armenia is a museum under an open sky. Every corner is different.
Eritasard.am: What message do your paintings convey to art lovers?
Anaid Keshishian: Since every painter also transmits his energy when creating a painting, I try to convey only positive emotions and feelings with my paintings. Through my paintings, I convey my love for life. My life is always saturated and full of interesting colors. Since I have lived in different countries, I speak in eight languages and interact with very interesting people. Each of my paintings represents a story of a certain part of my life.
Eritasard.am: Anaid, I would like to ask you to describe the process of painting.
Anaid Keshishian: You know, the process changes with the seasons of the year. The most effective period is summer when darkness falls late and there is a lot of time to create. I paint less between October and March since the weather is mild. I love to work at night when everyone is sleeping and I am alone with my canvas and paints.
Eritasard.am: As an artist, how appreciated do you feel? Today, many people say society has become detached from the arts and that real art is not properly appreciated anymore.
Anaid Keshishian: The fact that I am also an economist, helps me make the right decisions in the field of arts. Recently, I received an invitation from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, and on December 6, I will participate in an award ceremony, presenting Estonia and Armenia. I am also a member of the International Union of Artists of Estonia and recently became the ambassador of the Machanents Center for the Arts in Sweden. During different events, I have had encounters with film director Mel Gibson, actor John Travolta and world famous rock musician Serj Tankian. They have really liked my works. In this sense, I believe my work is appreciated.
Eritasard.am: Art is usually the bearer of sincerity as well. What is the boundary of sincerity between an artist and the world? Where does it begin?
Anaid Keshishian: My sincerity is infinite on the canvas. However, I can’t impose it on everyone. For instance, I can’t invite the Ambassador of Indonesia to my exhibition of paintings of naked women since I respect the Ambassador’s religion, even though he is a good friend of mine.
Eritasard.am: And finally, finish the sentence: Art is within all of us, if…
Anaid Keshishian: If we accept the fact that art is our salvation.