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Angela Snieder

June 27, 2018

Angela Snieder is a visual artist working primarily in photo-based printmaking and installation. Her practice explores relationships between physical and psychological spaces, and invites deep attention and empathy as ways of being in the world. She completed her BFA at York University (2013) and her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Alberta (2017). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with upcoming solo shows at Alberta Printmakers (Calgary) and Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg). Her work is currently on display in the group exhibition Proof 25 at Gallery 44.

1. Printmaking & collaboration

I’m an artist who works primarily in the scope of printmaking, which means that I depend largely on shared spaces and equipment (including things like printing presses, exposure units, etc.). One of the perks of this and one of the things I love so much about printmaking is that the studio fosters symbiotic relationships and a sense of community between artists. For the month of July, I’ll be doing a collaborative residency at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s Newfoundland with my friend Morgan Wedderspoon, who I met in the MFA printmaking program at the University of Alberta. It’s our first collaboration and our first formal residency, and we’re so excited! We'll be making an artist book using stone lithography and trace monotype, inspired by a Don McKay essay called “Ediacaran and Anthropocene: Poetry as a Reader of Deep Time.” Stay tuned...

2. Newfoundland

I just arrived in Newfoundland and I’m so happy to be here! The landscape is very unique and absolutely stunning. Morgan and I are visiting Corner Brook and Gros Morne and then driving across to St. John’s to complete our visiting artist residency at St. Michael’s Printshop. This photo is from a walk on June 25th at Bottle Cove in Lark Harbour. I’ve wanted to visit Newfoundland for a long time, so it’s a very special and much anticipated trip.

3. Gathering Moss

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer is an amazing book I’m reading at the moment that I would recommend to absolutely anyone. Kimmerer is a botanist specializing in mosses (a bryologist) and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. In this book she writes about moss from the perspective of both her science training and indigenous traditions. She advocates for humility and an increased attentiveness to the quiet and intelligent forces in the world that are often easy to overlook, especially those that are at or beyond the limits of human perception. If this sounds interesting at all, you should look up tardigrades/water bears right now.

4. Camera obscura films

Lately I’ve been working on a project that’s a bit of a mash-up of a few of my interests and past projects. I’m re-using the camera obscura boxes I built for my MFA work which projected diorama scenes from inside an illuminated box through an aperture (and lens) onto a wall in a dark room. What I’m trying now is making moving images projected from inside the diorama and playing with some kind of sound component. I guess a bit like making a film but using a live sculptural scene and very basic technologies of photography/optics to project the image. Here’s an early test...

If all goes smoothly this projection should be in my upcoming shows at Alberta Printmakers in Calgary (January 2019) and Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg (September 2019).

5. Lorelei aka LB

This is my dog Lorelei, just living her best life as a senior citizen in her “Golden Years” (as the letter from her vet poetically puts it). She's been with me for eight out of her ten years, and what can I say, she’s a sensitive soul and a total ham!



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