This work, a woven canvas embellished with light embroidery, depicts the human hand as part of a surreal still life made up of enchanted domestic objects. For the artist, hand gestures are a coded language that convey human emotions—and also symbolize cultural behaviors, values and beliefs. The composition is at a larger-than-life scale; likewise, the hand conveys a level of activity and momentum that contrasts with the fixed graphic patterns of the backdrop. Familiar but vaguely foreboding, this candy-colored work invites the viewer to be an active participant in an enigmatic ritual.
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Oona Brangam-Snell’s textile work explores the enduring power of traditional symbols and their role in contemporary iconography. In an era where fabric design has been defined by digitization and industrial manufacturing, the artist draws influence for her work from the textile production of previous centuries—including medieval tapestries and grand theater curtains. Brangam-Snell creates drafts of her works as paintings before transforming them into machine-loomed and hand-embroidered tapestries.
Oona Brangam-Snell was born in New York City in 1989. The artist graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and works as a senior designer for the textile firm Maharam.
Brangam-Snell’s first solo exhibition at Mrs. was held in January 2020; the artist has been represented by the gallery since 2021. Brangam-Snell’s work was part of a three-person exhibition with Emily Ludwig Shaffer and Mike Goodlett in the summer of 2019, presented by Mrs. for Future Fair online in 2020.
Exhibitions of Brangam-Snell’s work have also taken place at: Nina Johnson in Miami, FL; Mrs. in Maspeth, New York; Friedman Benda in New York City; and Ochi Projects in Los Angeles, California; among others. The artist had a solo presentation at NADA Miami in Florida in 2021.
Brangam-Snell’s work is included in the collection of Fidelity Investments in Boston, Massachusetts.
Brangam-Snell’s work has been featured in Elephant Magazine, Artnet News, Artviewer, Artforum, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Architectural Digest Design.
Brangam-Snell lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This work, a woven canvas embellished with light embroidery, depicts the human hand as part of a surreal still life made up of enchanted domestic objects. Familiar but vaguely foreboding, this candy-colored composition invites the viewer to be an active participant in an enigmatic ritual.More