Charles Snowden

Artist Statement

My current body of work investigates my past, present, and future relationships with people and places. I begin with the figure and plant life to express a desire for connection to my environment. However, the work originates from personal experiences that evoke feelings of distance and detachment. Articulating these emotions can be difficult, even when the memories that perpetuate them are easy to hold onto. Facial expressions, textures, patterns, and glazes form my visual language. I use glaze to obscure the material nature of clay, providing space for speculation and imagination. The scale, abstraction, and fragmentation of the work creates an experience that is both foreign and familiar. By creating from a vulnerable place I envision forming a deeper connection between my authentic self and the authentic self of the viewer. It is a way to reflect on the ambiguous aspects of existence through shared experiences.

-- Charles Snowden


Charles Snowden was born in San Diego, California. In 2012, he received a B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. He currently works as an Instructional Assistant at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.

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