The Journey of Hope
The Journey of Hope –
Bronze sculpture by Taline Iskedjian
This sculpture dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide represents the past and the future of the Armenian Nation. It depicts a mother and son walking in the deserts of Syria after being driven out of their ancestral lands. A closer look reveals that half of the mother and half of the son are reduced to skeletons (as this represents the harsh realities of the genocide) while the other half of the mother was the past she enjoyed on her ancestral lands, and that of the son represents the bright future of the Armenian Nation as it rebuilds itself after enduring the atrocities of the genocide.
The gap between their hands is intentional as the mother will perish during the genocide and will not make it to the future. However, her courage and wisdom are transmitted to the son so he can carry on the responsibility of recreating a new Armenia after surviving the genocide.
About the artist
Taline is a Canadian-Armenian artist born in Lebanon. She has always shown a keen interest towards art. What started as a hobby during her adult life turned into a pursuit of continuous improvements of sculpting techniques and designs. She is self-taught and has pursued some courses with renowned Toronto artists.
In a period of less than 2 years, Taline created over 25 sculptures and her collection, The Garden of My Imagination, was featured in three solo exhibitions and one group show. She also participated at ArtExpo NY and was selected for the 2nd Biennale of Palermo. Her works can be found in several galleries and community centres in Canada and were featured in prominent art magazines. Her next challenge is the preparation of a sculpture dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide to be unveiled in the Spring-Summer of 2015.