Student Exhibition

Anya Kavanaugh: Living Room Deities

Anya Kavanaugh: Living Room Deities

BFA Exhibition


December 12 & 13, 2014

Opening reception: Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6-9p.

Additional hours for this exhibition will be Saturday, December 13 from 1-6p.


Anya Kavanaugh - The EscapeSM


Des Lee Gallery

1627 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63103



The Des Lee Gallery is pleased to announce the BFA exhibition Living Room Deities by Anya Kavanaugh, a December 2014 graduate.


A purely aesthetic object is intended to be gazed upon and contemplated. During such contemplation, a painting’s self-awareness can create a contractual understanding between the viewer and the object about one’s place outside the other, both physically and metaphysically. The human mind’s remarkable ability to displace itself from the body’s finiteness can enable a complete immersion into the opposing world. When gazing upon a work, the mind becomes a pawn on the chess board that is the object on the wall. Once the object has achieved checkmate over the viewer, the two work together to engage in a dialogue about the consistency of the human condition and its experience of beauty. The expressionistic style throughout my oil paintings, drawings, gifs, videos, photographs, and collages heightens the presence of my hand as the artist; however, the lack of an inscribed signature allows the work to exist within its own mythology outside of myself in order to speak of universal truths of the human condition. The everyday and the extraordinary fuse as fashion models are thrown into domestic environments and the viewer is thrown into mythology.