Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistOpie Snow CollectionIkebana
Description Ikebana (?, 'living flowers') is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kad (?, the 'way of flowers'). Through its use of minimalism, Ikebana uses specific plants, elements and angles to symbolize different elements of nature and spirituality. There are different schools, eras and styles of Ikebana, it is considered a true art form in Japan. I was first drawn to it because of it's serene, simple beauty. i loved it's asymmetry and thoughtfulness.My paintings begin in a state of anarchy: scraps of canvas stitched and sewn. Raw, reckless and messy, layer upon layer of colors appear through drips, splatters, big brushes, hands and fingers. As the background transforms, I leave it loose to contrast the chunky realism in the foreground. I then focus on figure and form. This ritual evolution creates rich, deep texture beneath heightened reality.The ikebana-inspired series began as an exploration into the beauty of decay. This deconstructive pursuit gave way to contortions of figurative bone-like florals.While the paintings have evolved into a study of beauty and abundance, I strive to maintain the dark edginess implicit in the process of de-composition.
Opie Snow, Brooklyn NY & Ashland OR Member Since February 2010 Artist Statement She lives and breathes bicoastally; from the rich, deep forests of Oregon to the chaotic, urban vitality of Brooklyn. She has a shy woman box. She blasts holes in it with pigment and canvas; with brush and paint; with sewing machine and the power of stitch and seam; with website weaving and graphics. She pulls beauty and unearthly darkness together, twining them until the one is indistinguishable from the other, constantly striving for the feeling of movement and sensuality, tension and release. Her shy woman box has many holes... Opie Snow Heyerman was born in Ashland, Oregon. She studied fine arts at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and University of Oregon in Eugene. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting emphasis from the University of Oregon in 1998, Opie traveled to Europe to research master painter techniques. On her return to Ashland, she spent a year studying classical drawing and painting with Semyon Bilmes of the Academy of Fine Arts. In 2000, she co-founded Nuwandart Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, continuing to curate and exhibit there until 2003. Opie has created costume design, installation work and performance art/dance with El Circo, an Art/Performance Collective based in San Francisco, since 2001. During that time, she started including texture and multi-media in her Ikebana inspired paintings; figurative florals on textured, sewn canvas which are stretched onto brushed metal frames. She began exhibiting up and down the west coast from Los Angeles to Portland. In 2007 Opie Snow joined forces with Micah..Blacklight and moved to Brooklyn, New York to further her art career. She is currently living and painting in New York. Her recent work involving mythical figures, explores the experience of the feminine through the evolution of sexuality, power, demonization, oppression, liberation and redefinition. In 2010 she and Micah created the collaboration called BlackSnow, a fine art, couture fashion, and multi-media company. BlackSnow had their debut show at IcoSahedron Gallery in New York City in the fall of 2010.