Saturday, April 23, 2016

Joan Snyder's Poem-Paintings

Happy Birthday, Joan Snyder, born April 16, 1940, in Highland Park, NJ. Watching a slideshow of the painter's life and work at the School of Visual Arts recently, I realized how often she incorporates text in her works on paper and canvas. Here are a few of her poem-paintings and the sources of the poems she used.
Ah Sunflower! 1994-95
 Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, 
Who countest the steps of the Sun: 
Seeking after that sweet golden clime 
Where the traveller’s journey is done. 

Where the Youth pined away with desire, 
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: 
Arise from their graves and aspire, 
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.

Wm. Blake
See What a Life, 2010
"See what a life the gods have given us, set round with pain and pleasure. It is too strange for sorrow; it is too strange for joy." HD Thoreau

Love's Deep Grapes, 1984
"I saw stones weep. There is a sadness in things apart from connected with human suffering."
Virgil, The Aeneid
Joan Snyder

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