Born 1956 in Los Angeles, CA.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Saar studied studio art and art history at Scripps College in Claremont, California, receiving a BA in art history in 1978. In 1981 she earned her MFA from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1983, Saar became an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, incorporating found objects from the city environment. Saar completed another residency in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1985, which augmented her urban style with Southwest Native American and Mexican influences.
Saar’s style encompasses a multitude of personal, artistic, and cultural references that reflect the plurality of her own experiences. Her sculptures, installations, and prints incorporate found objects including rough-hewn wood, old tin ceiling panels, nails, shards of pottery, glass, and urban detritus. The resulting figures and objects become powerful totems exploring issues of gender, race, heritage, and history. Saar’s art is included in museums and private collections across the U.S.
Alison Saar, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t, 2017, Ed. 28/50, Intaglio, hand painted shellac, 13 x 9 in (33.02 x 22.86 cm)
Alison Saar, Cat’s Cradle, 2015, Ed. 11/30, Woodcut, 23.75 x 13.5 in (60.3 x 34.29 cm)
Alison Saar, Blackwater Blues, 2014, Ed. 25/30, Woodcut, fabric dye, shellac, chine colle, 27.38 x 14.38 in (69.53 x 36.51 cm)
Alison Saar, Stanch, 2017, Ed. 18/18, Woodcut on vintage linen seed sacks, 41.25 x 19 in (104.78 x 48.26 cm)
Alison Saar, Breach, 2017, Ed. 9/18, Woodcut on vintage linen seed sacks, 43.25 x 19.5 in (109.85 x 49.53 cm)