Karen Snouffer’s paintings and wall sculptures in “Seeking Joy” are energetic, vibrantly colourful and without having exception, summary.
The title of her exhibit at the Ohio Point out University Faculty Club refers to her procedure and its final result — and the response, she hopes, of viewers.
“Because of what we have all been suffering from these very last several a long time — socially, politically, medically — I consider trying to find pleasure is what I have been performing in utilizing so a great deal coloration and movement,” Snouffer reported. “Am I creating joyful objects or is the pleasure in the approach? The pleasure is also up to the viewer.”
The frequent denominators of the 30-some operates in the show are the use of architectural images and an abundance of contrasting and complementary hues. Snouffer, a Gambier resident and professor emeritus at Kenyon Faculty, mentioned she is routinely influenced by buildings and sights from locations she has been to at property and overseas.
She established “Scaffold,” for instance, after a trip to Rome wherever developing assignments involving scaffolding seemed to be everywhere. The acrylic portray, also constructed with stickers, glue and ink, offers clusters of exuberant thrives in orange, black and yellow — as properly as a scaffold-like symbol.
The massive “Apostrophe,” (72 by 42 inches) presents an animated apostrophe form versus an orange field in the major still left part of the canvas.
A lesser painting, “Red Boat,” exhibits what might or might not be the crimson vessel as the central determine surrounded by block-like styles in a range of hues.
Snouffer, 75, who taught painting and drawing and has labored in figurative artwork, stated she is committed now to abstraction, a style she finds extra creatively tough and no cost.
She cites neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel’s theories involving the viewing of abstract art vs . figurative will work. With figurative artwork, photos draw the viewer’s memory to people today, places or things he or she can recall. With summary artwork, the viewer is compelled to attract upon their creativity to make a decision what the artwork means.
“I adore that unique individuals see different items in my operate, and I really like that in some cases they devote time with a painting,” Snouffer claimed.
Snouffer also evidently enjoys the supplies of her function. In “Totter” and “Duck Below,” she employs wisps of minimize paper in black, yellow and grey — and from time to time even black glitter — to trend motion-filled wall hangings. Yellow, she said, “can be a joyful shade or it can point out caution and anxiety — and it works artistically with black and grey.”
A lot of far more supplies are uncovered in the wall sculpture “Push Out,” a black-and-white aid loaded with lacy paper, black fuzz, a black-and-white checkerboard and even replicas of cicada wings.
As always, Snouffer invites her viewers to discern that means in her functions. She has analyzed and explored the chaos theory and enjoys the notion of and introducing contradictory themes in her function. She is relentlessly curious and experimental with components and themes, all of which contribute to the delight she finds in creating art.
As a septuagenarian, she states, “I approach to be undertaking this for one more 20 a long time.”
“Seeking Joy” is a worthwhile intention for the artist and all those who look into her do the job.
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“Seeking Pleasure: Karen Snouffer” proceeds by means of Feb. 18 at the Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Push. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Masks are demanded. For data, get in touch with Lisa Craig Morton at 614-309-0191 or check out www.ohio-statefacultyclub.com.