Angela Snieder is an artist and educator living in Edmonton, Alberta. She received her BFA at York University in Toronto, Ontario and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of Alberta. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has taught both in the University and in the wider community. Angela’s MFA thesis exhibition will take place in February 2017 at the University of Alberta’s FAB Gallery.
Angela’s current print work speaks to a meeting of physical and psychological spaces. The images recall physical places such as ravines, caves or mine shafts, but rest on a threshold between the known and the unknown. The photographic textures and surfaces of natural materials ground the viewer in familiarity, yet the persistence of ambiguity in scale and subject matter unsettle and challenge the photograph’s credibility. Large areas of darkness conceal vast portions of several images, creating an impossibility of access. Enclosed and even claustrophobic, the spaces provoke a feeling of aloneness and a sense of individual encounter with things. These dreamscapes serve to explore an in-betweenness; a space of both protection and entrapment, of natural and built, of fascination and fear. As if theatre stages, they are liminal settings in which something is on the verge of taking place.