The Crowd II, 2006 , Oil on 45 cardboards, 15.7 x 15.7 inches each

Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, an Armenian artist based in New York, creates large-scale paintings of women's faces, covered but not hidden. The subject's hands are pressed against their faces, fingers spread from forehead to chin. Yet the features which should be blanketed beneath them rise to the surface - eyes, nose and mouth are written onto the women's hands in details, yielding a disorienting vision somehwere between seeing and believing. Tsitoghdzyan's portraits implore the viewer to question who exactly the portraits are of. The artist toys with art's ability to turn humans into myths, women into chimeras, and the consequences that can arise from such an alchemy.

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