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Lena Snow/ Special Edition

Lena was born in Schwetzingen, Germany (29.09.1989) and started to create art when she was a teenager and had her first exhibition at the age of sixteen. Besides producing several series over the years, Lena earned a master’s degree at the University of Mannheim and Karlsruhe. Due to some stressful years, she had almost given up on art. However, in March 2020 when the Corona Crisis struck the world, she could focus more on herself and started to paint again. Since then, she has devoted her life fully to art. Creativity helped her to survive, especially as an adolescent. Yet, it was equally the process of emancipation and self-reliance that contributed to an elevation of her creativity.

Lena’s works are strongly influenced by the ideas and philosophy of the American Transcendentalism – a spiritual and literary movement occurring in the middle of the 19th century demanding people to become self-empowered and self-reliant. Also, the thought that intuition, creativity, and imagination were more important than logic and rationality is something she could entirely identify herself with. Especially Margaret Fuller, another important personality that enriched this movement and is considered an early feminist had an impact on Lena’s works. She pointed out that the feminine, sensitive, and emotional side is genius and contributes to a set of very subtle and precise observation skills. Therefore, the topics of spiritual enlightenment, connectivity, and female identity are always present in her art.

Her "planetary series" shows alien women in an expressive and colorful style. Each artwork is devoted to a certain planet or simply takes place in a foreign environment. The women in those paintings sometimes simply say from where they are, thereby acknowledging that they are different. Sometimes an ordinary scene just is taking place in a different environment aiming to show an alternate, familiar-unfamiliar reality. Although this series has been deeply inspired by the possibility of alien life and by Lena's fascination with space, its deeper meaning is to address the topic of otherness and female identity.


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