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Joan Snyder, American, b. April 16, 1940
Angry Women, 2007
Ink on paper
12 in. x 12 in. (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Digital print
Credit Line: Scripps College. Purchase made possible by the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund
Accession Number: 2006.5.15

This work is a part of Femfolio, a collaborative project bringing together twenty woman artists who created the feminist revolution in art during the early 1970s. All artists were featured in the exhibition "How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism: 1970-1975" at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Galleries (December 15, 2005–January 27, 2006). In collaboration with Master Printer John C. Erickson and the Brodsky Center.

The rough strokes and frenzied coloring emphasize the fury that is depicteed in the imagery and spelled out in the text. Snyder says, "The splayed female figure is one I've drawn and painted many times over the years. She ended up in the print with a seated Kali figure next to her with her tongue out, screaming." Kali is the Hindu goddess of time, change, and death and is often associated with ferocity and empowerment. She is seen as both a violent destroyer and a compassionate mother figure, embodying both ends of the cycle of birth and death. The print also contans a reference to the Venus of Willendorf, an ancient symbol of the female and fertility.


Digital print with hand lithography.

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