Faces of Participating Artists in Mesopotamian Night 2009

Sharokin Betgevargiz is a talented young Assyrian artist and scholar. Her work called “Shlama” (Peace) will be auctioned in our MN-2009 event. Here is the description of this work in her own words:

“In the summer of 2007, I was asked by a family member to design a poster about ‘Shlama’, peace. Inspired with the word’s typographic beauty, patterned motifs of ancient Assyrian symbols, and my surroundings at the time, fresh cut grass, bright lush colors of a New England garden, and children’s laughter, I entered my creative zone. Three weeks later ‘Shlama’: Assyrian Peace was completed. ‘Shlama’ is a greeting, hello! ‘Shlama’ is quiet, shhh. ‘Shlama’ does not need to be heavy or serious, perhaps it can be fun, playful and celebratory! ‘Shlama’ is for everyone, especially for children as they play. ‘Shlama’ is for young adults and adults as they grow and mature. ‘Shlama’ is the simplicity behind the complexity of democracy. ‘Shlama’ is Assyrian peace!”

“Form Follows Function: A Design of An Assyrian Identity”

Sharokin Betgevargiz, principle graphic designer of www.amnadesign.com and Professor at SCAD’s Graphic Design Department, is a MFA graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Courses taught at SCAD include “Interactive Web Animation”, “Digital Page and Web Graphics”, “Typography” and she specializes in “History of Graphic Design”. Her key achievements include the management of the Savannah Succession web team, a presentation at “War Stories” lecture series, and the selection of her political posters for use in a graduate online class. This coming fall she will be presenting and exhibiting her work at Southeastern College Art Conference SECAC.

In February 2006, She was nominated to exhibit “Form Follows Function: A Design of an Assyrian Identity” at College Art Association’s MFA Exhibition which culminated in her thesis show. Prints from this body of work were most recently exhibited at SCAD’s Graphic Design Faculty Exhibition, several juried art shows and she held her first solo show in Spring 2008.

Using modern Assyrian letterforms and ancient Assyrian patterns, she weaves a variegated and multilayered visual repetition. Utilizing historic and contemporary photos and text, specific aspects of a fragile but resilient identity are examined spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to current day Iraq. Assyrian and non-Assyrian viewers can share in a profound and familiar experience; the development of an identity through language, form and culture.

For more information visit the her blog at www.assyrianposterdesigns.blogspot.com