Charles Snowden

Artist Statement

I work with ceramics, sculptures, and videos that use symbolically loaded information to illustrate how culture constructs the body in relationship to race, gender, sexuality, age, death, and nature. While remaining tethered to the sociocultural and sociopolitical through research, the work is often a forensic endeavor, not diagnostic, nor prognostic. In this, I seek to cultivate experiences that feel regenerative and playful, yet melancholic. Re-staged rituals recall historical imagery as vehicles for understanding identity and centuries of trauma to imagine possibilities for a more sustainable future.


Born in Vista, California, Charles Snowden currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain and Los Angeles, California. He holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Humboldt State University and an MFA in Fine Art from UCLA.