Join us for a special after-hours Opening Reception for Samantha Schneider's solo show "Root Beer Float" in The Foundation Gallery of The Mansfield Art Center. Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artist, and be the first to experience her large scale oil paintings and portraiture. This body of work captures the vibrant and bubbly nature of young children before adolescence, drawing heavily on personal experience and nostalgia.
Artist Samantha Schneider brings her uniquely captivating oil paintings to The Foundation Gallery of The Mansfield Art Center, January 21-February 25. Root Beer Float is a dreamy trip into the simple pleasures of childhood, depicting objects that trigger instant nostalgia. The artwork takes us back to an uncomplicated time where depression, bills, and the monotonous feeling life takes on after a certain age is nonexistent. This body of work captures the vibrant and bubbly nature of young children before adolescence, through vivid colors mixed with soft hues of the past.
My work is a biographical, following a series of events floating through life as moments blur together, struggling to make human connections. Self-doubt and attachment issues caused by childhood traumas of mental and verbal abuse and the change that occurred growing up, developing into a more confident and strong human being.
That suffering is growth, the struggles and sadness have developed into strength and changed my character for the better. Previous works I had depicted myself as others, changing my appearance to feel more comfortable so that people would like me more. I depict who I am and events that have shaped me through the use of modern symbolism such as emojis, object, symbolism and text – recreating events that stood out to be moments where change in myself came after they occurred and viewed through the aesthetic lenses of weirdcore, dreamcore and synthwave as a mode of cryptic communication.
The aesthetics I am using are known for their connections to suppression of trauma, suffering and confusion that are brought out through bright colorful and dreamlike features that create a juxtaposition of childlike wonder and ominous, unsettling messages. The themes follow loss of self, depression and learning to love the not-so-easily-loveable aspects within.