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Featured Artist November 2018
Dobee Snowber has been a working artist in the Bay Area for 20 years. Before that, she lived in Santa Fe and various places on the Eastern Seaboard. She holds a BA in Intellectual History/Feminist Studies from Hamilton/Kirkland College and a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She has shown extensively in various venues including galleries, museums, group collaborations and solo exhibitions.
For me art is not simply about creative expression. Like all things in life it is dictated and affected by the constraints of time, space and materials, quite literally.
I have learned to utilize whatever time I have available in a given moment – a day, an hour, fifteen minutes. I work with printed or drawn images, scrap paper, recycled house paint, ink, and tchotchkes collected over time. It is not only in the physical making that creation happens; it is the manifestation of what my mind has been mulling with the materials at hand that ultimately makes art. In order for me to create there must first be a willingness to let go and live in the discomfort of not knowing. It is this discomfort that impels me to push forward and make concrete, on board with paint, ink, paper, pen, color, these cumulative moments. I work by building a surface and then allowing the image to tell its own narrative. My expression goes in and out of being easily identified by specific objects or only a reference, a non-specific narrative. My pieces are about structure and entropy, about home and transitions, about the moment just before and the one right after, and the one in between.
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