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Media: Jewelry, Metalsmithing, Sculpture.
Currently: Practicing artist and an Area Head/Associate Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon, living and working in Eugene, Ore.
Background: For the past 10 years her practice has evolved through the replication of jewelry from archives of history, the Internet and film. She has been developing a new body of research where she is examining the depiction of jewelry in films, creating a series of objects and images that is currently mounted in a two-person exhibition at INOVA in Milwaukee, Wis. Evolutions of this work are being included in Portland2016 Biennial and a solo exhibition with Sienna Patti Contemporary in Massachusetts. Her work is collected by individuals, foundations and museums on both coasts including New York. Kivarkis is represented by Sienna Patti Gallery in Lenox, Mass., and Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has exhibited in the Northwest, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and New York, and abroad in France, the Netherlands, and Canada. She has received a number of awards, including the Fund for Faculty Excellence Award from the University of Oregon and the Individual Artist Award from the Oregon Arts Commission, both in 2014. She was a nominee of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in Art, New York, in 2009 following her receipt of the National 2006 Emerging Artist Award in 2006 by Sienna Patti Gallery. Anya earned an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Artist Quote: “Throughout my work, I have focused on making mutated copies of jewelry from moments of economic recession that are coupled with massive amounts of collective, insatiable consumer desire. When they are interpreted from images, these objects get lost in translation and are inevitably compromised fragments when returned to bodies in real space.”