Chattanooga, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing
Astri Snodgrass holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Alabama and a BA in Art and Spanish from Luther College. Experiences in Norway at Nansenskolen Norsk Humanistisk Akademi and the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina helped shape her interests in language, light, and perception. Snodgrass’ work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows at COOP Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, the Fuel and Lumber Company in Birmingham Alabama, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and McNeese State University’s Grand Gallery in Lake Charles, Louisiana to name a few. Snodgrass teaches as a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Created through a transfer process that blends elements of painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography, my collage works are formed by embedding an image in a surface of masking tape. The making of these objects does not precede the images; instead, the piece is built all at once, like a weaving. Using collages as negatives, I print cyanotypes from sunlight that emphasize the ragged but pristine quality of the translucent surfaces. These abstract photographs function like x-rays, while the use of décollage reads like dissection – evidence of the search for meaning in bridging the gap between visual and verbal language.