One of the pivotal developments of Snow’s early career was the birth of his extensive Walking Woman series in 1961, when he made a five-foot-high cutout of a walking woman from a large piece of cardboard. From the outset, the stylized figure was primarily a vehicle for formal experimentation, and over the course of six years Snow developed hundreds of variations exploring different media, contemporary art movements, and spatial contexts. In Rolled Woman II, created the same year that the series began, Snow has wrapped the Walking Woman around a cardboard tube within a frame, transforming the two-dimensional representational cutout into a three-dimensional abstract sculpture.
Michael Snow, Rolled Woman II, 1961
Oil on paper, board and wood, cardboard tube, 72.5 x 48.8 x 6.2 cm, Collection of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University Purchase-Special Purchase Assistance Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, 1983. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay.