West Liberty University's Nutting Gallery will feature "Portals: Paintings by Kara Ruth Snyder," this week.
Featuring abstract acrylic and mixed media paintings inspired by meditation, it opens with a public reception from 5:30 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, and will remain on display through Oct. 24.
In this collection of recent work, the artist shares the artistic results of her disciplined practice of meditation. Her art process is a challenge to lose the ego by manipulating the physical elements that make up the painting and then letting the materials speak for themselves. Striving to create from a more universal consciousness, the painting then becomes a record of her meditative experiences.
The painting continues to do its work by acting as a possible portal. The borders of the painting itself mimic a window of some sort ... a two-way street where the art is a "snapshot" from the mind of the artist and the viewer gazes upon this and is invited to try to see "something." The artwork/portal encourages the viewer to also meditate for a moment. Hence, a portal is a path taking you from one set of parameters to another.
In addition to the painting itself, the act of painting, the electronic sharing of imagery, and the gallery space that houses the artwork also act as portals to the consciousness of both artist and viewer.
Snyder paints large abstract works in acrylic paint on canvas. She uses other materials such as pumice, fiber and oil sticks as well.
"I work primarily with brushes and palette knives of many sizes but am known to use my fingers, hands and finger nails quite often. I frequently pour paint from the jar onto the canvas or 'draw' directly from the tube of paint, creating a variety of markings," Snyder said.
Although she works spontaneously and quickly, pieces are revealed slowly over time. This is accomplished through a cyclical process of layering paint, followed by scraping, wiping, or washing it away in certain areas -- and then layering the pigment on again.
All exhibitions at the Nutting Gallery are free of cost and open to the public. The Nutting Gallery is open 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., weekdays, with evenings and weekends available by arrangement. For more information contact 304-336-8370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.