Sam Swales Snowden is an abstract artist living and working within the city walls of York. She studied Fine Art, Painting at Hull School of Art and has remained in Yorkshire ever since. Her studio is in Grape Lane within PICA, an 18th century old print workshop and artist led initiative; which holds workspaces for 18 artists and writers.
Her subject matter alternates back and forth between external landscape and an internal emotional space, often within the same work. Eventually each piece becomes a pared down composition of colour and space removed entirely from any semblance of representation, describing only its own physicality.
The 'Bramble Arch' drawings are informed by old English folklore relating to the healing properties of the arch as an architectural form in nature. Infirm or afflicted children, even horses were passed under the long arching stems of the wild bramble. Inspired by such tales, I have become interested in the ways in which landscape and nature can be the object of projected beliefs and spiritual ideas.
A new project; MAP documents areas of the landscape which have emotional resonance. Areas are delineated by line, muted natural palette and balanced form, designed to reflect the balance of nature and our place in it.