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How does the mind engage with abstract painting? This is a question which has interested me as long as I have been painting, I see painting functioning as a psychic screen, onto which consciousness is projected. This outward projection constitutes a self-organizing map, and in this it becomes a "representation" of selfhood. A painting is a diagram of subjectivity which interacts with the viewer, and through its outward projection of meaning becomes organized as a subject. Each of my paintings expresses a new possibility, an opening into a new direction where meaning is continually at play and in flux. The most interesting pieces are those in which something has been left unresolved; its reason for being has not been entirely spelled out for the viewer or even for the artist. In the painting's openness it becomes a reflection of the self; the meaning of the painting unfolds in its unspoken dialogue with the viewer. Memory filters through the imagination; visual and emotional memory. Cities seen, love's body, nature's bittersweet dawning. These fleeting moments constitute the wonder of the world. Much like a city is a structural diagram of human history, a painting could be conceived as a structural diagram of the human psyche. Like cities and dreams, the internal logic (or non-logic) of painting is structured upon absurd rules and deceitful perspectives. In my work, receding spaces suddenly abut against flat planes; geometric stability is overthrown as are sensical spatial relationships. Much like the human psyche, contradictions are usually left unresolved. Calmness and chaos hang in the balance in my paintings, and it is this balance which usually determines the success of the work. It is in this state of simultaneously held oppositions that we can discover for a moment that ever-elusive enigma of self-hood.
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Jessica Snow was born in Berkeley, CA, and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She has had solo exhibitions at Rena Bransten Gallery in SF, the Riverside Art Museum, POST in LA, Jen Bekman Gallery and Merge Gallery in NYC. Snow has received numerous honors, including the Artadia Award, the Cadogan Fellowship Award and selection for the American Artists Abroad Program in Montevideo, Uruguay. She studied at Mills College, UC Davis, the Sorbonne and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Learn more about Jessica in our In the Studio interview!