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Finding treasure in a crazy year

by Susan Snipes • December 20, 2020




Susan Snipes, “Treasure above" (left) and "Treasure Below" (right), mixed media on paper, approximately 12” x 21” each





No doubt, 2020 was a year like no other. In spite of the chaos, I achieved some personally meaningful milestones. I created more artwork in 2020 than I have in over 15 years. My paintings were accepted into three exhibitions.

Plus, I discovered a lot about myself as an artist. I love combining media and exploring abstraction and symbolism — like you'll note in these paintings I'm sharing with you. These paintings are about otherworldly treasure — formed deep in the earth or beyond our skies.

It's been a year I'll not forget. I'm grateful to share it with you.

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Treasure below

I am roots. I am strength. I take the disordered thoughts of the day and bury them below the surface. I shoot currents of energy into the ground to encircle the accumulated daily cruft. Over time, my roots turn these thoughts into dense nuggets, little pockets of intensity. Years later, when a traveler sticks her hands below the surface she finds glittering jewels.

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Treasure above

I am space. I am endless. I am bodiless. I am a voice whispering through eons of time. Let me tell you the story of the planets I have seen born. Tiny specks of dust float and spin. With my voice, I invite these particles to coalesce. They swirl into streaks of color.  One word echoes for a million of your earth years. From my view, the celestial dance is beautiful.


“Treasure below”, Mixed media on paper, 12x21 inches
(Sakura oil markers, Bombay india ink, Neocolor watersoluble pastels, graphite, acrylic wash on BFK Rives printmaking paper)
 
 
“Treasure above”, Mixed media on paper, 13x21 inches
(Sakura oil markers, Bombay india ink, Neocolor watersoluble pastels, graphite, acrylic wash on BFK Rives printmaking paper)