'Journey Into Depths' Exhibit

Event description

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Campus life
  • Free

You're invited to visit "Journey Into Depths," an exhibit by artist Galya Kerns at the Downtown Phoenix campus library. On display from June 5 to August 15, the exhibit is open during regular library hours and by appointment only for the public.

Email jacqueline.young@asu.edu to schedule a visit. 

Galya Kerns Artist Statement:

I am a Litchfield Park, Arizona-based artist who moved from Ohio in January 2021. A self-taught artist, I’m an economist by education. As an artist, my work reflects my observations of the world and my own inner journey. I am interested in exploring the human psyche and the complex interplay between light and dark, both within ourselves and in the world around us.

The common theme of the art show is, “The weakness, flaws and the darkness within us is just a reflection of the light we hide.” Through my artwork in this show, I aim to explore the complexity of the human experience and the duality of light and darkness within us all; thus, the theme, "Journey Into Depths." Each piece tells its own story, but all are united by the underlying message that the imperfections that we carry are not something to be hidden away or feared, but rather a part of ourselves that must be acknowledged and understood. Whether it is finding beauty in unexpected places, gazing into the future with hope, or reflecting on the emotions that come with the end of a day, my art seeks to inspire viewers to embrace their own inner selves and find their own path towards greater understanding and enlightenment.

The director of the Bougie Art Gallery in Canada made a comment about my paintings when they were on display during a show. Her comment was a perfect interpretation and analysis of my art. “The characters on canvases are almost robotic — their faces are their shields to hide what is really inside of them.” I create art that reflects the complexities of the human experience. My work explores the notion of hiding our imperfections, weaknesses and those aspects of ourselves that we fear society may deem as unacceptable. However, my art celebrates the beauty in embracing our darkness, as it is simply a reflection of the light we conceal within us.

Event contact

Jackie Young

Monday, June 5, 2023

Open during regular library hours

12:00 pm5:00 pm (MST)


Downtown Phoenix campus Library