About the Art
About the Artist
Emily Keating Snyder a Los Angeles-based artist creating abstract paintings incorporating the tradition of embroidery. Her minimalist, textural paintings seek to bring craft into the context of fine art by literally stitching thread through artist’s canvas, presenting what was traditionally a women’s medium in the context of historically-masculine painting. Emily studied art history and the art world in cultural hubs like New York and Florence but also grew up sewing, making jewelry and building cardboard dollhouses. Her work is equally informed by it all.
Her process reflects her own internal dialogue between the free-flowing inner child and, at times, compulsive perfectionist. The original spark of an idea for her current body of work was to create the experience of being immersed in color, with textural embroidery used to focus the eye on the central painted color and its relationship with the colors around it.
“Elevating craft and folk art into the context of fine art is the foundation of my work. I am literally weaving these worlds together by stitching thread through artist’s canvas, presenting what was traditionally a women’s medium in the context of historically-masculine painting.”