BIO

Sirarpi’s artwork is in many collections nationally and internationally. She has received awards and exhibited her work, including installations, in galleries throughout Europe and the United States. She lives and works in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Sirarpi serves on the boards of Cambridge Art Association and Non-Profit Net in Massachusetts. She is the principal of Consult and Design, a small-business IT consulting firm and web design. She is the co-founder and director of Art Without Borders, an online community that champions the rights of artists. She also founded the Artists’ Cooking Collaborative, which caters events with artistically inspired and locally produced food.

In Europe, Sirarpi worked with artists Andrej Woron, Milan Knížák, and Peter Erskine, and in the USA, with Timothy Harney and Ati Gropius, among others. As a biomedical engineer at Biotroniks in Berlin, Germany, her team designed pacemakers. At Honeywell in Lexington, MA, she worked on mammograms and infrared imaging systems.

Sirarpi studied biomedical systems engineering at Boston University, painting and stage design at the Academy for Fine Arts “Die Etage” in Berlin, Germany.

 

STATEMENT

The paintings in the series “Pentimento” evolve, decay and morph. My art reflects on the ephemeral and flux of existence. Thriving and decaying, colorful and dark, alluring and foreboding, my work incarnates the paradoxes of nature. My choice of materials and tactile marks speak to the dualities of life.

My abstract work springs both from meditations on nature and from memories that are distilled into single dramatic moments. The energetic surfaces imply an ongoing tension between freedom and containment, edging the viewer closer to that place where chaos can erupt into clarity.

Using oils and acrylics, inks and pastels, I draw, scrawl, scrape and paint on canvas and wood surfaces that are rich in layers of handmade and recycled papers, fabric, wood and other found materials. The layers of my collages ooze with life as I fix a moment of time.