Jessica Snow, ‘Ambient Space’, 2016, IdeelArt
Jessica Snow, ‘Ambient Space’, 2016, IdeelArt

As a multidisciplinary artist, Snow uses different mediums and supports. Each work results from preliminary studies drawn with pen or pencil and which sometimes can amount to 20 sketches.

Snow sees her work as a constant play between order and chaos, logic and emotion. She combines playful shapes with bright colour, organic gestural lines, geometric and linear forms.

Aesthetically, she wants the painting to look as if it “just happened” and paints in such a way that the brushstrokes disappear and the layers become imperceptible. She has a strong inclination to create something which looks instinctive and effortless.

For this work, the paper is first painted with titanium white matte acrylic for maximum brightness— it is both a flat material support and also a light-filled space.

The shapes sit in this empty ambient space, and around each of them a tautness or a tension is created, as if a magnetic pull were holding them in place.

About Jessica Snow

San Francisco–based artist Jessica Snow explores the compositional possibilities of color and geometry through paintings and works on paper that navigate the relationship between positive and negative space. Working in a hard-edged style, Snow creates diverse compositions in which colors function as form. Her allover and minimalist-tinged paintings suggest a wide array of historical influences, from early twentieth-century biomorphic abstraction to postwar Color-field painting and Minimalism. Snow understands her work as existing between Expressionism and rationalist systems. “I see my art as being continually at play between order and chaos or between systems that work and those that break down,” she has said. “That seems to be how my mind works…between order and chaos, between logic and emotion.”

American, b. 1964, based in San Francisco, CA, United States