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Charles Snowden

Los Angeles, CA & Barcelona, ES

Artist Statement

Working with ceramic sculptures, objects, and videos, I use symbolic imagery to illustrate how culture constructs the body in relationship to gender, sexuality, age, death, and nature. While remaining tethered to the sociocultural and sociopolitical through research, the work is a forensic endeavor, not diagnostic, nor prognostic. Re-staged rituals recall historical imagery as a vehicle for understanding identity and its meaning. The garden provides a site for reflection on care and mortality while clay acts as an additional material synonymous with the body. At the intersection of sculpting, gardening, and apotropaic ritual, growth and transformation are in lockstep with deterioration. Regenerative processes at play within the work evoke the symbiotic relationship between life, death, and decay. The existential weight of apotropaic objects and ancient rituals is counterbalanced with humor to imagine possibilities within the relationships between the human, non-human, and non-living world. This creates experiences that are playfully absurd, yet melancholic.

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Artist Biography

Charles Snowden (b. 1989, San Diego, CA; Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain and Los Angeles, CA) received his BA from Humboldt State University and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Snowden’s solo exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Hill Street Country Club, Oceanside, CA; and Blue Gate Gallery, Oceanside, CA. Group exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; San Diego Art Institute, CA; Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona, CA; and Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA. His works are in the permanent collection of the San Diego Art Institute and have been featured in Hyperallergic and Cultured Mag.



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