Preparing for the "Mack & Mack" exhibit has given me the opportunity to reflect on my creative output. For me, the creative path follows a theme of spiritual quest. From self analysis and critical thinking rise true being, the soul beyond age and means. The narratives I confront expose an Earth bound mortal artist who aspires to live in a blissful dream state of constant creativity. The goal is to transcend ego and evoke feelings of peace, wonder, passion and joy.
Expressing my outsider sensibilities, the "Cheeseheads" have evolved a mythology of their own. The Cheesehead series began with a dream in 2000. The dream was so vivid, I immediately translated it into the painting, "First Light". In the dream, the beings playing at the water's edge discover a spaceship that looks just like them has landed across the bay. The name "Cheeseheads" rang out in the dream; unforgettable, humorous and inspiring.
My interest in mythology aligns with my spiritual quest. I am just beginning to explore the stories of the Goddess. The variations of the Goddess are as vast as history itself. "The Goddess Marici", completed in 2012, is one interpretation of the Goddess who brings the dawn, always joined by her seven pigs.
As I endeavor to explain my art, I realize my art explains me, through the threads of symbology and a palette of bright hues. I keep asking myself, how can I capture the essence of creativity? With gratitude and love, my joy is the journey.
I found these quotes while researching my Artist Statement:
"The artist shouldn't be able to explain the art. Art extends beyond the verbal ability of the artist." Robert Ballen, photographer
"The Spiritual Quest" by Robert Torrance
"Robert Torrance's wide-ranging, innovative study argues that the spiritual quest is rooted in our biological, psychological, linguistic, and social nature. The quest is not, as most have believed, a rare mystical experience, but a frequent expression of our most basic human impulses. Shaman and scientist, medium and poet, prophet and philosopher, all venture forth in quest of visionary truths to transform and renew the world."
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Snow is influenced by the places she visits in life, in dreams and in between. Snow graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. While at Art Center, Snow met Kevin Mack, a California native. After graduation they married, leading an artistic life style from performing and recording music with their art band "The Fringe" to working in production for the entertainment industry.
Snow has had the pleasure of working on many films such as "Apollo 13", "Titanic", "What Dreams May Come", "Fight Club" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Snow creates matte paintings also known as background paintings. Snow also works in advertising print.
In 2011, Snow Mack participated in the 25th Anniversary of the gallery La Luz de Jesus, a retrospective group exhibit and book featuring over 250 artists.
Snow Mack continues to work as a fine artist and show in galleries. Currently living and creating in Los Angeles, Snow and Kevin have two grown sons and three cats.