New York

Joan Snyder

Carl Solway Gallery

Joan Snyder is a feminist artist; that is, she is trying to define her work within a boundary of female concerns. There are many others, among them Miriam Shapiro and Mary Beth Edelson, who do this: Mary Beth Edelson by examining the great goddess myths, cycle of life, etc., and Miriam Shapiro by using material on canvas as if it were some great abstract ceremonial robe. Ms. Snyder gets down to many of the physical aspects of a woman’s body, suggesting blood, female pods splitting open, seed, and sphincter. Her paintings are rich in pigment and consciousness: e.g. a wilted wedding bouquet that looks as if it had just been pulled from the vagina of the bride, dangling threads (IUD, Tampax, or surgeons’ nylon), gauzy bandage, squares of color like the four walls women have complained of staring at so many years, unable to get beyond: yellow for anguish and sun, white for anxiety, red connoting

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