Sona Sahakian (1996) is a visual artist based in the Hague, the Netherlands. She graduated from the department Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of the Arts, The Hague. Her works consist of paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, installations and films (video art). In recent years she has participated in various groups exhibitions and projects.
Artist: Sona Sahakian
Based in The Hague, The Netherlands
Culturally Arts Collective features:
"Beyond the Veil", May 29-July 30 2021, Milostka Center for Exhibitions
"Hidden Eyes", April 15-May 27 2022, Milostka Center for Exhibitions
What do you aim to say by the themes in your art?
In my art I want to simulate people's imagination and sensory experiences in which the traces of the past are revived in the present, which remains anchored in her memory and thus enriches her personal history. It is a kind of invitation to dive into man's deepest soul and to feel and experience the deepest sounds of the symphony. In this way I want to inspire people to make an inner journey by really feeling and discovering for themselves what the treasury of their existence is.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I always find inspiration by looking, observing and thinking. Life is movement! Here lies the gate of being, the energy source that is the life force of our existence. Sometimes coincidence is also a source of inspiration. You can get inspiration from every circumstance that takes you further in life. In this way , your creative process unfolds in a way that you never imagined before.
Do you have experiences that impacted your art?
I grew up in a creative environment; my whole family expresses itself creatively, My parents are visual artists and filmmakers. As a result, I have been surrounded by art from an early age. I started drawing and painting as a child and have not stopped since. Often we feel an inner dissatisfaction between our thinking and feeling in the now. We are constantly judging things and are fighting inwardly against the flow of life, because we do not want to accept certain things that have happened in the past. Spirituality has played an important role in my life in order to find my balance and to become stronger, to feel my presence and to become more aware of my existence.
Do you feel your art challenges existing barriers?
In my art I strive for spirituality. There are many possibilities in our digital age, which provide new knowledge , but also overwhelm us with a flow of information that influences our emotional life. People strive for success and a career, but do not realize that happiness is not outside , but within yourself. When we enter into our inner reality, the doors open in our minds, which provides a creative and inspiring view of reality, and re-evaluates it.
What are your long-term artistic goals?
In the future I would like to create more mixed media works in combination with 2D, for example photography with film. By bringing different media together , I want to visualize solidarity, I also hope that I will have more opportunities to hold exhibitions and participate in projects in which different artists share their experiences.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Don't give up, persevere , follow your dreams ; don't be disappointed if something doesn't go the way you wanted. Every disappointment leads to new challenges, opportunities and developments in your life.