I aim to create a fictional landscape that envelops the viewer much like a literary work, employing references from diverse sources such as fairy tales, historical decorative arts and theater. These are fictional places gleaned from traditions explored in literature and art that evoke a physical landscape as well as a psychological state. They are sites of personal and collective memories: they map anxiety, confusion, obsessive sorts of love, nostalgia and the tricks our minds play on us. The use of narrative is present but not prescribed. The works themselves refer not only to these literary traditions but also utilize architecture as a metaphor for psychological space. These works, and the longing embodied in them, amplify the way strains of fiction can be gleaned from history and memory (both of the present and the past).
Stephanie Snider lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2009-2010. In 2000-2001, she was the recipient of the Berlin Prize/Philip Morris Emerging Artist Prize in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Bronx Museum, NY, the Hudson River Museum in New York, Danese Gallery, New York, Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin and others. Snider has been reviewed in major newspapers such as The New York Times, The Berliner Morgenpost, and Der Tagesspiegel, and has also received reviews in such publications as Art in America and B Magazine (berlin). She has taught at RISD, Cornell, Princeton, Maryland Institute College of Art, Ohio University and Yale.