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The Imaginary Travels of Hinaekian By Michel Aebischer (excerpt)
Extract from article in Paris Match magazine, (Swiss edition) November 3, 2006 (translated from French):
Present in numerous private and corporate collections, the artist is a descendant of a long lineage of Armenian artists and decorators. Hinaekian was born in Egypt and it is from their that that emanates her two favorite colors: the orange of the Sinai desert and the turquoise blue of the gardens of Alexandria. And water of course, this blue "gold" so precious between the leaden skies and the burnt surface of the earth.
Her travels took her to Canada, where "deprived of the desert" in the middle of all that snow, she produced paintings evoking her birthplace. Montreal, then New York, where still very young she worked as a fashion designer with the creator of Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress.
She went to Geneva, Switzerland at the end of the 60's which remains one of her anchors, the other being the United States, the place of her needs for aquatic domains. "Sitting on the water's edge I dream of colors before thinking of forms". The artist expresses herself in colors and forms, undecided in the beginning of the process, without a preparatory sketch or idea. She guides the image, even though abstract, there is always a subject - even windows when she first started to paint - by superposition and progressive juxtapositions of her colors and collages. Over here, a sandy patch or an expanse of water or perhaps a no man's land where nothing is obstructed or limited. Over there, a structure, an island, mud houses close together on their patio, a mirage, an ossified mass in the sands where a graphic incision, often red or orange, brings to light in our view, like the squares of glass where a ray of sunshine makes it suddenly shine and without which we would perhaps have not seen it.
"When I feel that I can no longer advance in my emotions, I know that the painting is finished and I can no longer add anything to it."
Hinaekian has been influenced at a very young age by the magic of the world and transmits it to us in great strides with her customary joy. The artist loves also to remember her older practice of etchings where figures, mostly feminine, insert themselves in a world reminiscent of Chagall. The world of her etchings is closed but she still creates today works on paper where engraved forms, painted and collaged, play in their fusion a great formal purity. In a way they are small Zen paintings which one can visualize as a Japanese Garden to take away.
Article in LUXE magazine, South Florida edition, vol.8, issue 1, winter 2010.
Article in E/news magazine "The Armenian Reporter", February 2010. (Arts and Culture)
HINAEKIAN, Red Desertscapes and Reveries in Blue
Although the artist remains loyal to herself and her style, her recent work irradiates a breath of fresh air. Her residences in Florida and California induce her to travel frequently from the East to the West. Warm and iridescent, inundated with light and layered with dominating reds and oranges, these new paintings sensually translate the sands burnt by the relentless desert sun as it unravels under the gazing eye of the artist traversing vast American landscapes.
A passionate and intrepid traveler, Peggy Hinaekian is also a sagacious observant. Her eye is constantly on alert, and she beholds fleeting details, mnemonically engraving events—passages of sense and time—as they occur before her. In turn, they are transcribed momentarily, here and there, in the shape of a tenuous trace, a pictorial mark thrown surreptitiously on canvas like an etched note or a drawing sketched at a table’s corner, as to not elude the artist creative impulse. Elsewhere in the confines of the image, a sign, testimony of an instant in life, is brushed in space as if suspended.
In observing the pictorial field a little closer, however, what discoveries and what riches! The surface is animated, underlying layers are discovered, modulating the appearance of desert-like fields and providing enough space for small blue surfaces. Like drops quenching the thirst of the spectator, they haptically bring him or her a touch of indispensible reverie. The blue paintings are filled with poetry. In contrast to those bathing in red tones, they are determined, full of life, and in some way the mark of the author, which can also be found in the monotypes. The latter represents a new venue for the artist to express her sensibility, and at the same time an enriching experience for the travelling observer who decides to rest on its shores.
Dr. Danielle Junod-Sugnaux, Art Historian
[Translated by Vartan P. Messier]
The work of Peggy Hinaekian figures in numerous private and corporate collections, notably in various financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies in Switzerland. She exhibits frequently in Switzerland, Austria, France, the UK, Norway, Canada, Koweit, and, as of recent date, particularly in the USA.