As our country comes to grips with the devastating Covid 19 Pandemic, a very old wound continues to fester until an egregious crime, a murder of a Black man named George Floyd by the very people who have sworn to protect all citizens, sparkes such outrage that Citizens of all colors and all backgrounds take to the streets in protest. So many people, all over the World, voice their anger at the injustices that shatter black families' lives everyday. Some people march on the streets and some contribute in quiet ways. The signs began appearing right after the protests swept through Westwood and Santa Monica. The quiet voices echo throughout my Westside neighborhood, I documented the signs in windows, on light posts, painted rocks and creative installations on front yards. The majority of the images are from June 2020, but I will continue to document the quiet resolute voices of my neighbors in Los Angeles.
Prayers For The Pandemic
Jersey City, New Jersey
Prayers for the Pandemic is an ongoing public art project happening across the US, produced by Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ. Prayers for the Pandemic draws inspiration from Tibetan prayer flags used to bless the surrounding area. While we are all living through the Coronavirus pandemic, we feel everyone could use blessings. We want to send positive Karma out into the world and brighten each other’s days in the special way that art can do. Volume 1 includes the first group of 34 artists’ works. This catalog features flags flying from California to New York City to Florida-- flags hanging on the sides of buildings, in the windows of suburban homes and storefronts, on a wooden country fence and a barbed wire ranch enclosure, in medical labs, strung between trees in parks, over city streets and everywhere that we are sheltering through this time.
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PRAYERS FOR THE PANDEMIC
World Peace Buddha
Prayer of Loving Kindness
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free
Drawing inspiration from my toys and Pez collection, I set up a small "stage" to create scenes. In "Whispers", 3 Princess Leia Pez appear to be two woman talking about a third woman as she is just out of ear shot. In "Gossip" the conversation is taking a unpleasant turn as the two women confide what they think they know to a third person. Casting the Pez as characters in a play had the odd effect of giving each duplicate a unique look even though they are exact copies. Exploring human situations through inanimate objects facilitates the task of sharpening my observing and rendering skills.
I started collecting Pez in 2004 to use on frames. I had a system of bidding on large lots on Ebay, only bidding up to a few cents per items that I wanted. It was always fun to get the large boxes with many mystery items, usually the photos showed a pile of Pez without an exact list of items. I concentrated on Star Wars Pez for a series of Star Wars characters to be framed in Pez.
9 Hulk big head in package movie with Ed Norton
1 Hulk big head no package Ed Norton
1 light green hulk, animated
5 Hearts in package assorted colors
1 Heart no package red
2 Eye in Hand no package
1 Witch 3 color in package
1 Witch 3 color no package
1 Pumpkin in package
1 Black Cat
2 Tasmanian Devil
1 Ninja Turtle
1 Yosemite Sam
1 Donald Duck mouth open
1 Donald Duck mouth closed
1 Bart Simpson
1 Maggie Simpson
2 Pebbles Flintstone
1 Barney Rubble
1 He Saur Pez O Saur
2 Fred Flintstone
6 Fred Flintstone in package
2 Bugs Bunny
1 Bunny Light pink ears
2 Bunnies dark pink ears
1 Bunny dark pink ears in package
2 Bunnies pink with white ears
1 Bird in Nest with Hat
3 Batman DC Comics
2 Sour Pineapple
1 Sour Watermelon
1 Sour Apple Ghost no glow
2 She Saur
4 Bugz assorted
2 Bees from the film
1 Elf 2002
1 Snowman Red Nose
1 Santa painted eyes
1 Santa no painted eyes
1 Charlie Brown
1 Lucy original version narrow head
7 Lucy big head in package
1 Lucy big head no package
1 Peter Pez Clown 1979?
1 Polar Bear with knit hat
1 Fozzy Bear no package
11 Fozzy Bear in package
1 Wolverine big head no package
5 Wolverine big head in package
7 Race Car Helmets all different
1 Elvis Soldier
1 Snow White Collectors 8 pieces
1 Yummy Bubbles He Saur 1 Giant Santa
Total = 132
3 special Limited Edition Collectors sets 11 in each 33 total
1 General Grevious
1 Death Star Emperor Palpatine glow in the dark Emperor Palpatine
3 R2D2 no package
1 R2D2 in package
8 Luke Skywalker no package
2 Luke Skywalker in package
1 Darth Vador Bonbons blister pack collect all 9 series
2 Darth Vador blister pack
8 Darth Vador no package
12 Darth Vador in package
1 Chewbacca Bonbons blister pack
1 Chewbacca blister pack
10 Chewbacca no package
12 Chewbacca in package
1 C3PO Bonbons blister pack
2 C3PO in blister pack 1 needs repair
8 C3PO no package
11 C3PO in package
4 Princess Leia no package
1 Princess Leia in package
3 Princess Leia in blister pack
4 Ewok no package
1 Ewok in package
2 Ewok in blister pack
1 Boba Fett in blister pack
9 Boba Fett no package
1 Storm Trooper Bonbons blister pack
1 Storm Trooper blister pack needs repair
12 Storm Troopers in package
8 Storm Troopers no package
1 Yoda in blister pack
11 Yoda in package
13 Yoda no package
2 Jango Fett no package
Total = 194
Grand total = 326
Paintings by Snow Mack
Original Ebay auction photos of my Pez collection 2004
My concept for "Monkeys of Compassion" was inspired by the smiling monkey faces that are the main focus of each piece. I wanted to create works that remind the viewer to be aware of compassion and goodness in humanity. The "Monkeys of Compassion" evolved from the idea that, to me, the well known Three Wise Monkeys represent fear. The world needs to move beyond our fears and respond with compassion. Courage, kindness, and passion are just a few examples of the strengths of humankind.
A spiral motif is the dominant design element. The spirals are made with fortunes from fortune cookies I've been collecting for twenty plus years and three years of collecting Sunday horoscopes representing all twelve signs of the Zodiac. The messages are slightly obscured, dispensing advice is not my goal, the viewer will gravitate to the words or not. Placements of random found objects, toys, jewelry, buttons, game pieces and more, compliment the spiral.
Each piece is a miniature Altar with a dashboard Saint and a vial of healing dirt from El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico. I visited The Church of the Miracle Dirt in September 2014. In these works, I am combining my spiritual influences; the Hindu Monkey God Hanuman, Christian symbology and the mystical powers of the healing dirt. Each Altar has a small offering bowl, sculpted by artist Peggy Zask, for prayers, wishes, mementos and keepsakes.
"Monkeys of Compassion: Courage"
"Monkeys of Compassion: Kindness"
"Monkeys of Compassion: Passion"
17" x 17"
Vintage buttons from my Mother's collection
Vintage jewelry from my Mother In Law's collection
Fortunes from 20+ years of collecting
Sunday Horoscopes from 3 years of collecting
3 Dashboard Saints from El Santuariò de Chimayó
3 Vials of healing dirt from El Santuariò de Chimayó
3 Small raku offering bowls created by Peggy Zask
Found toys, rusty nails, beach rocks, monkey doll face, game pieces, and more
Vintage Angels wrapping paper
The National Gallery of Oslo houses an amazing collection of works by Norwegian Artists working in the Romantic style. Also, an enormous collection of works by Edvard Munch. Finally seeing on of Munch's versions of "The Scream" in person. He created 4 versions of "The Scream", Munch's title is Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature).
Seasons of Influence; Spring is the first of four self portraits. Each piece will bring together multiple influences and elements of my life. This first completed piece includes my earliest icons. Top left, Petula Clark's song "Downtown" was one of my earliest favorite songs. Top right, Clark is followed by Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots Are Made for Walkn". Bottom left, an icon of the '60's, Twiggy was THE fashion model of the times. Bottom right, from the live action show, Batman, that looked like a comic book come to life, Catwoman played by Julie Newmar was so mysterious and sexy.
The Yoga Series, below, was originally inspired by my Goddess studies and interest in symbology. The Yoga series informs the Season of Influence series. Conceived in 2008, I combined pencil drawings of women in Yoga poses with healing flowers, my own digital landscape photography and the Stupa. Each flower speaks to varying aspects of soul, healing, spirtiuality and sensuality. Each part of the Stupa represents different elements and stages of consciousness.
The Color Encyclopedia of Daylilies by Ted L. Petit & John P. Peat
Flower Essence Repertory by Patricia Kaminski & Richard Katz
Goddess - A Celebration In Art and Literature Edited by Jalaja Bonheim
Power Mudras - Yoga Hand Postures For Women by Sabrina Mesko
Goddesses in World Mythology - A Biographical Dictionary by Martha Ann & Dorothy Myers Imel
Goddess - Myths of the Female Divine by David Leeming & Jake Page
The Crone - Women of Age, Wisdom and Power by Barbara G. Walker
Goddesses in Every Woman by Jean Shinoda Bolen
The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito www.shinjoito.com Incredible exhibit was in Westwood CA in 2008, unforgettable works by Shinjo Ito.
When I was 4 years old, I had a dream I was playing in a sandbox, with several other children, inside a cave. Suddenly, my family was driving away in a station wagon. In a panic, I jumped up and tried to run out of the cave, I did not want to be left behind. The cave exit was blocked by an enormously tall and hairy man. I woke up terrified. The year was 1962, the next morning my family moved to Saigon, Viet Nam. Years later I realized the giant hairy man was Bigfoot. I believe his presence in the dream was as a warning to proceed with caution.
As an adult, my relationship to Bigfoot is archetypal. Bigfoot represents my hermit archetype. As an artist, we need time away from distractions, society, events, the normal activities of most people, in order to do our work. Bigfoot represents the recluse, living a solitary existence, venturing out when he runs out of booze and smokes. He is elusive by choice, answering to no one. "Bigfoot's, Big Mouth" explores the themes of isolation, addiction and urban decay with a dose of humor and nostalgia.
The assemblage frame for "Bigfoot's Big Mouth" is made of pieces that Big Foot, the character in my creation, found in the woods and on the fringes of society. He is fascinated with the objects that humans give so much value too. He is equally fascinated with the objects we discard without a look back. I've created a frame by choosing every piece to reflect the mind set of the subject of the piece. This frame embodies its subject, Bigfoot, in reality. I set the objects, one by one, to expand the story of his journey. What was hidden is now revealed.
May 22, 2016 Curator Wendy Sherman and Artists Talk at Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends Losjocos Gallery DTLA 2pm Cartwheel Art Tours - Tickets and more info
LosJoCos Gallery Hearsay:Artists Reveal Urban Legends
Details of assemblage frame
Odds and ends from my framing collection
Cast of a Bigfoot print that was cast in 1963 in the area of the famous Patterson-Gimlin film.
Recommended reading: "Language of Archetypes: Discover the Forces That Shape Your Destiny" by Carolyn Myss
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All paintings and assemblages by Snow Mack except two abstract paintings, collabs with husband, Kevin Mack.
Photo credit: Jonathan Mack
Key to titles of artworks:
1. Snow Mack
2. Leggings by Snow Mack available in My Shop
3. The Seasons of Influence - Spring
5. Jane Fonda and Jalapeno in the Hippies from Mars
6. Monkeys of Compassion: Courage
7. Palette painting
8. Elbow Room - Portrait of Robert Williams
9. Elton John Dream Vision
10. Monkeys of Compassion: Kindness
11. The Myth of Strangers
12. When Sharks Turn Plaid
13. Untitled painting by Kevin Mack and Snow Mack
14. Pebbles And Her Two Dads; A Modern Stone Age Family
16. Little Rita Lynn
17. Baby Superman
18. Baby Zod
19. Luke Skywalker, Pez Portriat
20. The Goddess Marici
21. I am Curios Alien Red
22. I am Curious Alien Yellow
23. Untitled painting by Kevin Mack and Snow Mack
24. Badly Drawn Box Man
25. Tiskington Elf Wye
Stills from my talk "Living with Creativity" at THU
In September 2015, I went to an event in Portugal called Trojan Horse was a Unicorn. This incredible event at a resort in Troia will remain one of the most memorable trips of my lifetime. "Trojan Horse was a Unicorn is a unique four-day Digital Art Rave. The 3rd installment happened in Portugal from 15 to 19 September 2015. A prestige event for Producers, Animators, Game Developers, Concept Artists, All Around 3D generalists, VFX people and all manner of CG professionals and just the curious folk out there."
I went to THU to be a mentor and share my knowledge about art and working in VFX. I gave a talk titled "Living With Creativity", preparing for the talk gave me so many insights into my own art practice.
I gained so much more than I gave. I met so many wonderful people; both seasoned Art professionals and enthusiastic and talented students.
Every day the schedule was packed with talks from artists at the top of their game, talk show style interviews and hilarious and insightful fireside chats in the evening followed by live Art Battles.
Through amazing foresight and planning, all of this was captured by incredible teams and live streamed as THU TV. All of the knowledge, inspiration, career advice, technical tips, lessons learned and shared by seasoned artists are available from THU TV on Vimeo. 98 videos including my talk, "Living with Creativity" are available as a subscription.
The event was held at the Troia Design Hotel, a dreamy location for a transcendent event.
In addition to participating in THU events, giving talks and being interviewed for a podcast by Christopher Nichols of Chaos Group and Ian Failes of FX Guide, my husband Kevin Mack and I shared his virtual reality art demo Shape Space VR. We made many life long friends. I feel I gained so much more than I gave. My creative spirit is rejoicing with abundant energy and feeling synergy with the THU Tribe that resonates to my core. Thank You THU!
THU Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thu2015/143196152
THU on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/trojanunicorn
Podcast with Christopher Nichols - Chaos Group - October 26, 2015
Review by Ian Failes - fxguide.com - September 19, 2015
Virtual Reality Art by Kevin Mack - ShapeSpaceVR.com
Kevin Mack's Art website - KevinMackArt.com
Images from the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn event 9/15/2015 - 9/19/2015
All photos by Snow Mack except where noted
Images from trip to Troia Design Hotel, Portugal 9/15/2015 - 9/19/2015
All photos by Snow Mack except where noted
I am inspired by the fleeting memory of dreams, the mystery of history, the gift of the future and the sublime now.