Kenneth Baker, in the San Francisco Chronicle, says about Snow's work:
"By the way Snow varies color, materials, dimensions and geometry, she gets us to see every element as gendered. The passages that look like circuitry or constructivist abstraction have a masculine echo; those that suggest stitch-craft or horticulture or procreation make us think ‘feminine’, like it or not. Snow raises the important question: Where do these codes exist? Are they in our minds? What cultural force is it that makes them seem to inhere in certain colors and forms?"
As a multidisciplinary artist, Snow uses different mediums and supports. Each work results from preliminary studies drawn with pen or pencil and which sometimes can amount to 20 sketches.
Snow sees her work as a constant play between order and chaos, logic and emotion. She combines playful shapes with bright colour, organic gestural lines, geometric and linear forms.
Aesthetically, she wants the painting to look as if it “just happened” and paints in such a way that the brushstrokes disappear and the layers become imperceptible. She has a strong inclination to create something which looks instinctive and effortless.
This work on paper is part of a new series where the shapes are transposed from one position to another (a semicircle or half-oval reappears in each).
Snow's shapes have a way of communicating with each other, there is a dynamic between them that often reminds her of language.
Dialogues are happening that seem calm or agitated or somewhere in between; words are spoken, there is a pause or lull in the conversation, and then it starts rolling again…the rhythm of conversation, the tempo and pauses— this what is suggested.
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