GILDA SNOWDEN
I have always been drawn to the complexities of nature and the fact of history, specifically the documentation of the history that is closest to my own experience. Painting and relief-based sculpture have always been my primary mediums. These series have included MONUMENTS to my parents and close friends; large paintings that chronicled frightening episodes, translated by way of dreams into metaphorical TORNADOES; a desire to see, yet not completely depict, my own visage in a series of silhouetted SELF PORTRAITS; a collection of assemblages based on the immediate urban setting, titled CITY ALBUMS; the use of CHAIRS as visual metaphors for power and as vehicles for studying abstraction; and most recently the FLORA URBANA series of encaustic paintings of flowers in urban settings. All of these varied subjects have as their common theme a desire to chronicle or record a visual narrative.