Anya Mironets Keyes's
Exhibition Dates: March 25 - April 27, 2021
My entire life I’ve been moving west. Growing up in Ukraine, emigrating to America—a place, I’d been reminded on more than one occasion, where streets are paved with literal gold. I didn’t stop until my mid-30s when I reached Portland.
At each stop, my girlfriends gave me—a newcomer with a funny accent—a sense of belonging. We revealed to each other our most tender selves, safe from fear of judgment. Our love felt eternal and true, and strong, strong enough to survive the distance.
This series explores that euphoria and loss, that power and vulnerability of true female attachment. In these paintings, I reflect on the void of female connection and longing for the relationships I left behind. I explore the different meanings of intimacy and reflect on the intensity and range of feelings it brings us.
In moments of happiness and sorrow and hardship— be it theirs or mine—I deeply missed my girlfriend’s touch. Painting these series helped me realize how easy it is to take that closeness for granted. And until I find that connection again, I paint.
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