Rufus Snoddy relocated to Northern Michigan several years ago from Los Angeles, California. His family moved there from rural East Texas when he was an adolescent. Watching Los Angeles go from street cars and Hollywood bungalows to freeways and gated communities gave impetus to his sensitivity to change and perception of place. Growing up in the inner-city, where there were often over a hundred languages spoken in a given high school, lent sensitivity to his keen interest in texture.
Snoddy’s work reflects a concert of approaches, materials, and dichotomy, striving for seamless shifting from one to the other. “It is sculpture…it is painting…it is both.” More precisely, he calls his works Construction Paintings.
With a graduate degree in sculpture, Snoddy has spent many years pursuing the act of collecting sundry materials, construction and painting methods. These things, all for the passion of giving order to chaos in enticing ways.
The texture of Snoddy’s work in many ways reflects the texture of his history. “I have travelled and exhibited in various places in the world. Wherever I go I find there is a common visual language, some more literate than others. Visual art continues to be a reflection of man, his activities and environment, much like the cave paintings of thousands of years ago. I see myself as just another messenger, hopefully, with an innovative perspective.”
Today he continues to find new means of expression. His work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Paris, Michigan, and several galleries and museums in California.
Rufus resides and works in the Traverse City area and continues to exhibit throughout the United States and other countries.