ENCINITAS — Los Angeles-based sculptor Alison Saar will be the first artist-in-residence of 2011 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real.
From Jan. 13 through March 16, Saar’s multi-media sculptures and paper works will be on view at Lux. Her residency will run from Feb. 3 through March 5, during which time visitors can “see art happen” while she is in-studio carving a large-scale, wooden figure clad in materials such as copper and tin.
Saar is a sculptor whose narrative, often life-sized works are emotional explorations of her personal and cultural identity. Calling on a wide variety of sources — African and Haitian folklore, contemporary African-American culture, Catholicism, mythology, voodoo and the practices of “outsider” artists — Saar constructs a visual language that is simultaneously historical and philosophical, accessible and explorative. The wood, bronze, tin, copper, wire, tar and other objects that she utilizes in her sculpture are often reclaimed or recycled material, revealing Saar’s fondness for her supplies having, as she said, “former lives” and carrying “the histories of what they’ve witnessed.”
The humor and wordplay that she injects into the titles of her work speak to Saar’s willingness to engage viewers’ personal interpretations and imbue levity into otherwise serious subject matter.
The daughter of art world cognoscenti (mixed-media artist Betye Saar and art conservator Richard Saar), Saar received her bachelor’s degree from Scripps College in Claremont, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. She has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, two artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a city of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship.