99 Years

Hey gang. Hope this blog post finds you well. I’ve had a busy week with Easter/church events, family stuff, fixing an email server problem, and modeling of course. My Friday gig has been cancelled, which isn’t such a bad thing since I can use the day off to finally get my car inspected! And maybe get to a much-needed yoga class. My muscles would appreciate it.

I spent a lot of time today on Twitter in solidarity with my fellow Armenians around the world, commemorating 99 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide, an atrocity of ethnic cleansing which took place under the Ottoman Empire. I’d write more on this critically important event but I’m pretty burned out from tweeting about it, as it is a harrowing topic, deeply personal to many of us. Instead, I’ll post a work of art by an Armenian artist, an unusual watercolor by Martiros Saryan titled Fairy Tale, At the Foot of Mount Ararat:


I’ll also direct you to an old Museworthy post about Arshile Gorky that might be of interest. As for me, I need a couple of hours of feet-up relaxation with a glass of wine and TV. Catch you all very soon 🙂

8 thoughts on “99 Years

  1. coondude says:

    Just had my 99th modeling gig…not too shabby for an old geezer in the middle of the desert.

  2. Grier Horner says:

    After reading your column, I read a little about Gorky. That wonderful painting of him and his mother takes on new meaning once you realize his mother diedin his arms of starvation because of the Turks.
    Gorky’s life was haunted by tragedy and he took his life at 44.

    • artmodel says:


      Yes, Gorky endured a lot of emotional torment having experienced the horrors of the genocide firsthand. The painting of him and his mother is poignant, and one of his most well-known works.

      Thanks for your comments!


  3. Jennifer says:

    Hope the R&R did the trick! An interesting image, as always.

  4. lynnkauppi says:

    Hi Claudia

    Beautiful image.
    I’m always been incensed that the Turkish government and many Turks keep denying the Armenian Holocaust; along with the Holocaust deniers, those that deny Stalin’s purges, or American’s own treatment of its minorities. Keep those memories alive. But keep them alive to build a world in which genocide won’t happen.
    Enough preaching.

    Grace and peace


    • artmodel says:


      As if it weren’t bad enough that the Turkish government denies the Armenian genocide, they also actively promote denialist propaganda and silence voices of those who try to speak the truth. Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink was just one casualty in Turkey’s aggressive censorship of its past. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Hrant_Dink

      Elie Weisel said, “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” .
      And we Armenians will keep doing it.

      Thanks so much for your comments!


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