PCA Print Commission 2020

My work “The Rug Merchants Daughters” was made for the Print Council of Australia’s Print Commission 2020.

This work is part of a series made in 2020 called “The Rug Merchants’ Family” and draws from family archives, found vintage elements and personal symbology that refers to my Armenian cultural heritage. Depicting my grandmother and her sister in their father’s home and rug store in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the work is a reflection on the shared experience of displacement, migration and transcultural identity.

The works were exhibited at Sydney Contemporary Presents, October 2020 and at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville.

The PCA’s Print Commission 2020 includes six works by artists from around Australia. The judges, Jazmina Cininas and Rona Green, say there was lively discussion during the difficult task of choosing the final works from an impressive selection: ‘In the end, it was the synthesis of concept, ambition, technique and finesse that set the selected work apart for this year’s commission.’

You can read more about the inspiration for the work here: https://www.printcouncil.org.au/joanna-kambourian-print-commission-2020/

The work is an edition of 30 and can be purchased via the PCA Print Shop, online, here: https://www.printcouncil.org.au/product/joanna-kambourian-the-rug-merchants-daughters/