It takes an inventive woman to create art from discarded objects and recycled materials. Born and raised in Preston and current resident of Pocatello, Sandra Schow is an abstract and pure form artist of extraordinary ability. Discovering she had an early interest in realistic visual art, Sandra began painting on canvas before experimenting with abstract 3-dimensional assemblage art pieces. These incredibly unique ‘sculptures’ are very labor-intensive to create and are comprised mostly of wood, glass, and metal.
Sandra explains, “By disassembling existing ‘stuff’ and making minor modifications I have at my disposal a treasure trove of intriguing forms and shapes, sometimes simple, sometimes elaborately ornate. I really like the idea of incorporating salvage from cast-off objects into colorful, tactile esthetic works.” The finished pieces vary considerably in size, shape, and color; some are wall hung and others are free standing.
When creating these intricately detailed pieces, Sandra relies heavily on intuition. “Frequently I am asked by persons who see my work, “Where in the world do your ideas come from?” And my answer inevitably is, “I’d gladly tell you if I knew myself. I often look at the work on completion and wonder if it really came from me. whole. Each individual work ‘evolves’, and there comes a point when I know it is finished. I do know that the process of moving from idea to fully realized piece is a thrill every time.”
For Sandra, her artistic journey has been a means for self-discovery. “As I moved increasingly toward pure form and abstraction, I was freed to turn inward to a more individual expression, and to find over the years a surer sense of my identity as a creative, spiritual being.”
Galleries in Arizona, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, South Dakota, Utah, and Idaho have exhibited and sold Sandra’s work. She has been showing and selling her pieces – which take at least one month to complete – since 1998. “One of my aims as an artist is to provide a point of departure for the viewer’s own creative imagination. I feel strongly that there is a creative voice in everyone, a voice that has an opportunity for expression as one encounters many facets of life, including abstract art.”♦
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Sandra’s creative and unique pieces represent a priceless contribution to the artistic milieu in the state of Idaho and beyond. To view her work, visit her website at SandraSchowStudio.com.