early and recent monoprints + "Apple Tree Mass", to celebrate the publication of "My Mother's Altar: Joan Snyder Paints to Face Herself" by Molly Snyder-Fink in the 2018 Fall/Winter of The Woman's Art Journal.
December 13, 2018—January 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 13th, 5-8 pm.
My Mother's Altar: Joan Snyder Paints to Face Herself
by Molly Snyder-Fink
My mother has spoken about being at an altar when she paints. “It is the altar I go to face myself.” And “Art,” she says, “became a form of worship. Those were my shrines,” speaking about her altar paintings made in the mid-sixties. 5 Her work is her self-created spirituality. It is her calling. She reaches new levels of comprehension about the meaning of life by throwing down herbs upon canvas, awash with glossy green paint and golden glitter. In the 1960s, when “the personal is political” became a rallying cry, my mother was in step with the times. Her early altar paintings from that decade were abstracted versions of the female body, and she would often add tacky materials like gold fringe or fake leopard skin.