Heart On

Joan Snyder American

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Composed of an assortment of unconventional materials, Heart On is a voluptuous, highly tactile painting that Snyder made at the height of her participation in the feminist movement. Sections of the canvas were cut open and, in some cases, sewn back together to resemble wounds and sutures. Created during a period of "anger and pain," the work also chronicles the artist’s "sexual awakening," as she grappled with her growing desire for women—a subject suggested by the work’s playful, provocative title. Heart On exemplifies the personal and sexual politics of Snyder’s practice while also reflecting her commitment to an aesthetic of partiality and incompletion that exposes the painting’s anatomy to view.

Heart On, Joan Snyder (American, born Highland Park, New Jersey, 1940), Oil, acrylic, paper, fabric, cheesecloth, papier maché, mattress batting, and thread on canvas

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