Anya Kougasian

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Biography

Anya Kougasian is currently a student at Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a double major in Photography and Design & Interactive Media. Past work experiences include retail, camp counseling, and student teaching art at an elementary school.  She currently works part-time as an analyst at a market research firm.

She enjoys art and the outdoors, drawing inspiration from the natural world and our interactions with it. In contrast, she also enjoys photographing city scenes, immersing herself in the constant movement of life flowing through the streets and sidewalks.  One of her goals is to create a multi-sensory experience for viewers through the two-dimensional art of photography.

Anya is fascinated by the inevitable contradictions in every aspect of life: light versus darkness, natural versus man-made, feminine versus masculine, our infinitely variable perceptions of beauty, and our individual experiences that shape these perceptions. She is interested in creating connections between apparently dissimilar subject matter through formal elements and contextual associations, exemplified through an ongoing project that contrasts the female form with the natural world.

In addition, Anya hopes to give viewers a different angle on the issue of water pollution through images from her book, Submersion.  In an excerpt from her introductory essay she says, “I aim to challenge viewers to look down, to realize what remains when the tide goes out, to look more closely at what lies under the bridge.  Shame and guilt may arise when the realization occurs that we, and only we, are responsible for the current condition of our earth; however, the goal is to move past the guilt and denial and work together to medicate the problem. Surely with the power to reason, we can break down the barriers and return our planet to a healthier state.”

 

 

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