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Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Charcoal, Graphite, Onionskin Dye, Acrylic Paint
EXPUNGE:Blood Never Lies
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Charcoal, Graphite, Onionskin Dye, Acrylic Paint

Brave women defend themselves against attack. The shadows cast by overlapping sponges evoke memory. Variations of red are achieved with the dye of boiled onionskins and exposure to the natural elements.
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Charcoal, Graphite, Ink
EXPUNGE: Billing
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Charcoal, Graphite, Ink
46"x 44"

A bird clasping a fish in its bill is a typical motif of uncertain meaning in medieval Armenian manuscripts. The old rusted nails mimic the posting of a message as well as corrosion.

Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye and Mixed Media
EXPUNGE: Stormy Petrol
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye and Mixed Media
56" x 70"

The bird clasping fish motif (foreground) and the petroleum tank (background) link the present to the past and allude to the geopolitical struggles in the region throughout the centuries while maintaining multiple interpretations.
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge
EXPUNGE: Peahen Migration
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge
58" x 88"

The peahen recalls women in migration historically and today throughout the Near East. The golden crown and beak evoke Byzantine and Armenian monarchies and nostalgia for a splendid past.

Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Ink, Acrylic, Model Magic
EXPUNGE: Deportation
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Ink, Acrylic, Model Magic
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian Paintings: EXPUNGE, 2015 Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Charcoal, Graphite, Ink
EXPUNGE Installation View
2015
Compressed Cellulose Sponge, Onionskin Dye, Charcoal, Graphite, Ink

The installation view shows EXPUNGE on exhibit at Galatea Fine Arts in Boston. The sponges are configured and reconfigured as a nod to the natural and historical flux and stasis in the region.

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