Zinc etching and engraving, 18×16 cm (plate size), 2021. Limited edition of 6, numbered and signed.
Near this site in Saint-Petersburg we had been invited for tea by a couple of Armenian painters. To the contrary of what this lofty view might suggest, they had their studio in a cramped basement with little space, little light and an amazing explosion of productivity. In a way they’re the realest painters we’ve met in Piter: Technically proficient but first and foremost with stories of their own to tell instead of reproducing regurgitated material as the academy a few metres away is sometimes wont to do.
At first I considered a more tongue-in-cheek name, “Armenian embassy” – then I double-checked and found that coincidentally there’s an actual Armenian consulate just a few roads away, and went for the less confusing title.