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Out of My Great Sorrows

The Armenian Genocide and Artist Mary Zakarian, 1st Edition

By Allan Arpajian, Susan Arpajian Jolley

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216 pages

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Description

Out of My Great Sorrows is the story of Philadelphia artist Mary Zakarian, whose life and work were shaped by the experiences of her mother, a survivor of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Written by Mary Zakarian's niece and nephew, the narrative examines the complexities of the artist's life as they relate to many issues, including ethnicity, gender, immigration, and assimilation. Above all this is a story of trauma - its effects on the survivor, its transmission through the generations, and its role in the artistic experience. Zakarian painted obsessively throughout her life. As she gained recognition for her artwork, she became increasingly haunted by her mother's untold story and was driven to express the tragedy of the Armenian Genocide in her art. Zakarian's attempt to deal openly with the issues of trauma and guilt caused conflicts in her relationship with her mother. These emotions became a driving force behind her art as well as the basis for her personal difficulties. By examining Mary Zakarian's life and art, the authors bring new insights to the study of the Armenian experience. This moving story will inspire all those who have struggled to express themselves in the face of injustice and oppression.

Table of Contents

1. Moses Zakarian 2. Arek Zakarian 3. The Depression Years 4. Girls’ High 5. Unlimited Vistas 6. Art as Salvation 7. The Sixties 8. The Armenian Question 9. Homeland 10. Return and Consummation 11. Bearing Witness 12. Trauma: Who Overcomes, and Who Does Not 13. Celebrating Everyman 14. The Later Years 15. End and Beginning

About the Authors

Allan Arpajian is a retired computer analyst for Unisys Corporation



Susan Arpajian Jolley is a retired high school English teacher

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
POL059000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies