USA / Duration 4m 59s / 2012
Art My Dad Told Me To Make documents the process of creating art with Sneider’s father. For the past twenty years, her father has pushed her to become a successful businesswoman, regularly mailing business career and motivational books, and often ignoring her pursuit of a career in art. When he began to give her advice on what kind of art she should make, Sneider conceded. She wanted to connect with her father, as their relationship had become fraught, and his ideas were quite compelling.
Through Skype calls, studio visits, phone calls and emails, Sneider and her father navigate through his ideas and discover if they can work together. What began several months ago as a project focused on her father’s view of “saleable” art, has slowly evolved into a work about their relationship; how they value and define art and how they view the pursuit of a successful artistic career.
Jamie Sneider is a visual and performance artist working in New York City, currently earning her MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts. She received her BFA with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts at the Experimental Theater Wing. Sneider has performed solo-shows in New York at Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, The Kitchen, HERE, the Atlantic Theater and internationally at the Copenhagen Theater Festival. Sneider’s recent exhibitions in NYC include group exhibitions at Strange Loop Gallery, Jim Kempner Gallery, Invisible Dog Art Center, VIP MFA Art Fair and the Visual Arts Gallery. Earlier this year, Sneider received the STEP UP 2012 award and will have a solo show next fall at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.
Much of her project-based work begins from a personal diaristic standpoint, revealing taboos and idiosyncrasies present in daily life. She draws from both pop culture references and personal archives, often recreating objects that were once destroyed or discarded. Sneider’s work explores narratives of family, female sexuality and idealizations or perfections of femininity. Through sculpture, performance and video, she examines identity within a public space. The content is both autobiographical and analytical of culture, often with humorous tone.