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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.


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“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)
 
 
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“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)