During lockdown I felt fortunate to be an artist. I know how to be alone and I have work to do. What I struggled with like everyone else was to curb fear and frustration and find a way to keep moving forward adapting to the changing conditions. Invisible is a piece I did to document the fear and separation I felt from family and friends. The threat to safety and wellness was invisible as was the line we had to draw to separate ourselves from others.
Foreign Soil? is a piece about home. What is home? Is it a place? Is it still a home if it is fractured? Is land ours? Is land and soil our home? The viewer is invited to write the name of the place they feel is their home and leave it at the base of the piece. The chalks and soil are foraged clay found near my home. Again as in Invisible the transparent acrylic adds to the idea of the transience of safety, home and the fragility of both.
The piece Change is a drawing using the clay sticks with the emphasis on wholeness suddenly fractured and altered. What was once “normal” is no longer there.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Teri Snell Power born in Minneapolis, raised her family in Baldwin, WI and has lived in Amery, WI for the last 20 years. As a retired art educator, she now finds time to devote to her artwork. For the last ten years, she has been experimenting with materials found near her home inspired by the idea of sustainable art making, but also fueled by the interest in where things come from, what we have lost, where we are going in respect to how we interact with the natural world and how we intend to handle our natural resources in the future.
© Teri Power