‘anywhere, anytime’ Explores History, Modernism in Catapult Student Artist of the Month Exhibit


Southeast Missouri State University student artist Anna Estes’ exhibition “anywhere, anytime,” is available for viewing through Friday, March 5 at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House.

The exhibition is currently on view on the second floor of Catapult Creative House, and an exhibition reception is scheduled for March 5, from 5-9 p.m. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Estes is a senior commercial photography major from Jackson, Missouri. Her exhibition aims to represent the present history of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The fabric of a community is forever changing, sometimes removing the past to make way for the present — gas stations are built in what was once an open field or old buildings are torn down to accommodate the new. Changes such as these to the urban landscape inspired Estes to consider those occurring in Cape Girardeau.

Estes is fascinated by the relationship between history and modernism and specifically, as it is demonstrated in the collective nature of her peers. Twenty-somethings who, for example, decorate their dorm rooms with Polaroids, listen to new music in old cars or use filters to age their photographs are important influences on Estes’ work. This exhibition aims to underscore the juxtaposition of old and new, young and old, and archaic and modern, focusing on architecture and objects and how they are repurposed.

Estes demonstrates these relationships through her materials, such as old TVs and DVD players. In her piece “Film,” she hangs film strips from dissection pins, both of which are relics of the past. By hanging cut film strips by these pins, they seem to be dissected and put on display.

As a part of a program to promote community-based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit his or her work at Catapult Creative House’s Student Studio Gallery each month. These exhibitions will showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the southeast Missouri art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature and the role of art in contemporary society. In addition to the exhibition, attendees are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities including the Department of Art and Design students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative House Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public.