Behind the Snap

As the times sweep by, we focus on a visually interesting and abstract structure of the ongoing Carbon Snaps exhibition. However, instead of focusing on the pieces themselves, we shall be examining and learning about what drives the artists to create such aesthetics and they’re creative process. Two artists in the exhibition, Jen McCleary and Donna Sensor Thomas, explain their artistic practices.

InLiquid: What was the primary inspiration for creating some of the pieces shown in the carbon snap exhibition and making them so aesthetically pleasing? Also do you have any plans for participating in any future pieces for any upcoming events?

Jen McCleary: Most of my work, including these pieces, are created through a process of exploration and creative play with different materials rather than setting out with a particular concept in mind. Usually pieces evolve over time as I add and remove materials. I usually start a piece by painting a background color, and each element that is added is in reaction to the previous elements. Gradually the elements come together to form a harmonious whole, and sometimes the process feels like putting together a puzzle. Some of these pieces are the largest mixed-media collages I’ve ever created. I usually prefer to work small, and collage lends itself to that sort of work because of limits to the size of paper elements. Working larger forced me to think of new ways to fill up the space, in particular by adding more patterned or hand-drawn elements. 

Donna Sensor Thomas: My primary inspiration is an interest in color and rhythm. I explore these primarily by the repetition of lines and grids. I’ve done a mini-series that is named after places I’ve visited. Rome can be seen in this exhibit. Array and Counterpoint were created using markers to create lines on a large piece of paper. After that, I cut the paper into squares which I then rearranged in an order that I found pleasing. Positive Vibrations is a stand-alone op art (short for optical art) piece in which I wanted to create a visual vibration. Vibrations are created by using colors opposite the color wheel in similar saturations of color. This piece adds the optical illusion of the triangles creating a cube. In Six Degrees of Rotation, 19 Days, and Grey Scale 75 I explored the grid but wanted to shake it up a bit, so I rotated it. Each piece uses 15 colors. The numbers in the names of the pieces refer to the degree that each piece was rotated.

Carbon Snaps also includes the artists Ellen Abraham, Kellianne Mccarthy, and Robert Solomon.

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia.  My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea ice mainly in Greenland and Iceland.  I have been selected as the featured artist for the BeatyAmerican new space with NEXTFAB at 1800 American Street, Philadelphia.  I am drawn to the elements of the Arctic sea, land, and sky and the interface among these bodies.  Decisions are made what features and elements will remain and what will be discarded, reflecting a rapidly changing landscape yet still beautiful.
I work with oil paint, wet on dry, on wood panels with cradled frames establishing texture and depth using brushes, palette knives, oil sticks, and oil pens.  Completed paintings are professionally framed and ready to hang.
Earlier work focused on urban landscapes, refineries, bridges, buildings, other structures, and geometric patterns of developed lands and built environments.
Karen Stabenow
Karen Stabenow

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of…

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea…

I am an abstract artist represented by BeatyAmerican in Olde Kensington, Philadelphia. My paintings include a series of Arctic landscapes which are based on images of arctic glaciers, tundra, and sea ice mainly in Greenland…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based visual artist. Her work addresses the human condition in relation to nature while putting an emphasis on the issues most experienced by women.
Constance McBride
Constance McBride

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based…

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Constance McBride relocated to the Southwest in 2002 and for 16 years, observations of the desert made a transformative impact on her professional practice as a research-based visual artist.…

Andrea Snyder, BFA, cum laude Tyler School of Art, MFA program NYU with additional studies at Wharton, University of the Arts, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is a prize-winning printmaking & mixed media artist who has exhibited in the U.S. and Great Britain.
Andrea Snyder
Andrea Snyder

Andrea Snyder, BFA, cum laude Tyler School of Art, MFA program NYU with additional studies at Wharton, University of the…

Andrea Snyder, BFA, cum laude Tyler School of Art, MFA program NYU with additional studies at Wharton, University of the Arts, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is a prize-winning printmaking & mixed…

Andrea Snyder, BFA, cum laude Tyler School of Art, MFA program NYU with additional studies at Wharton, University of the Arts, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, is a prize-winning printmaking & mixed media artist who…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.
Rachel Citrino
Rachel Citrino

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.…

My works on paper employ painting and ink on paper- white, black and other colors. Expressionist lines and strong color symbols are intimate in execution whether large or small format.…

Mehgan Abdel-Moneim
Mehgan Abdel-Moneim
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