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Bareroot

Alison Saar (American, born 1956). Bareroot, 2007. Wood, bronze, ceiling tin, and tar, 17 x 81 x 48 inches (43.2 x 205.7 x 121.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Charles Clifton Fund, by exchange, 2008 (2008:21a-b). © Alison Saar.

© Alison Saar

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© Alison Saar

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© Alison Saar

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© Alison Saar

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Alison Saar

American, born 1956

Bareroot, 2007

wood, bronze, ceiling tin, and tar

overall: 17 x 81 x 48 inches (43.18 x 205.74 x 121.92 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Charles Clifton Fund, by exchange, 2008

2008:21a-b

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Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Growing up, Alison Saar assisted her father with restoration work and came into contact with a variety of cultural artifacts. She links this early exposure to her use of reclaimed items, such as tin ceiling tiles, old linoleum, and used skillets, in her work. Reflecting her multicultural heritage, Saar models many of her subjects after African deities as a means to glorify and celebrate the black female body. In Bareroot a female figure lies on its side, knees pulled tightly to its chest and its feet melded into a series of meandering roots. The figure, who appears to have undergone a process of scarification, is clad with reclaimed ceiling tiles patinated with tar. While the roots imply a connection to the earth, they also suggest the figure has been ripped from the soil and rendered non-ambulatory by her uprootedness.

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